On Sunday, the anthem protests took an unusual turn during a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, NOLA reported.
Immediately before the national anthem, the announcer requested a moment of silence for New Orleans Police Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, who had been gunned down in the line of duty on Friday.
Rather than stand up and show respect, the Saints players kept on kneeling, leading the crowd to boo very loudly during the moment of silence.
Right before the national anthem, the players stood up and the crowd cheered.
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NOLA reported in a separate article that Saints coach Sean Payton claimed the entire thing was a “misunderstanding.”
“If you just paid attention, you had a triangular effect of misunderstanding. It was very simple. Number one, the players were going to kneel (before) and stand for the anthem. That’s understood,” he explained.
“Then, number two, there was a moment of silence for the slain officer, and quickly then, everyone realized, hey, let’s have a moment of silence. I don’t think it was anything more than that,” he continued.
What wasn’t a “misunderstanding” was the fact that these NFL players deliberately chose to kneel during a moment of silence for a fallen officer. Rather than stand for a few seconds and end their pointless protest, they chose to continue to kneel.
That was deliberate, and it was incredibly insulting.
The New Orleans Advocate reported that Marcus was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious situation. The gunman was later captured and arrested.
It’s a real shame that these NFL players are so determined to get their 15 minutes of fame that they will show a complete lack of respect during a moment of silence for a fallen police officer.
A moment of silence to honor an officer who was murdered in the line of duty is no time to try to score a few political points. It’s disrespectful and it’s wrong. Period.
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