Almost as bad as choosing the National Anthem to protest? Choosing a moment of silence for a fallen police officer to protest. Yes, really. And this took place while other law enforcement officials in New Orleans already aren’t thrilled with the NFL (see Ford Supports NFL’s Anthem Protest? This Police Department Stopped Supporting Ford…).
Some Saints players kneeled during moment of silence for fallen NOPD officer Marcus McNeil. The pre-anthem kneeling was met with loud boos.
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) October 15, 2017
Fans booed New Orleans Saints players who knelt before the presentation of the American flag and the singing of the national anthem Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The boos rang down during a moment of silence for fallen NOPD officer Marcus McNeil, who was killed in the line of duty Friday.
The fans cheered when the players stood before the anthem, which was performed by former Saintsation Deri Tucker.
Sunday’s game vs. the Lions was the Saints’ first at the Dome since President Trump weighed in on protesting NFL players during a campaign rally in Alabama last month.
Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, was slain while on duty Oct. 13, 2017.
Of course, in terms of silence, the fans ended up being equally disruptive with their booing. It is supposed to be a moment of silence after all. But you have to take into account the purpose behind the silent protest. The players were kneeling “to speak out on police brutality” during a moment of silence for a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Terrible timing.
And you wonder why people stopped watching.