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Saints players stay on knee during moment of silence for fallen police officer—and fans aren't happy

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New Orleans Saints players stayed in their take-a-knee position Sunday during a moment of silence for a fallen police officer — and fans didn't like that one bit. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

What happened?

  • Most New Orleans Saints players took a knee prior to the national anthem at their Sunday home game against the Detroit Lions and then stood for the anthem, just as they did the previous week, ESPN reported.
  • Problem was that players remained in their take-a-knee position during a moment of silence for fallen New Orleans Police Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, who was killed in the line of duty Friday, NOLA.com said.

How did fans react?

  • Fans apparently didn't like that one bit, and they booed the players, NOLA.com added.
  • Fans then cheered as the players stood for the anthem, NOLA.com said.

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What happened to Officer McNeil?

  • McNeil was one of four officers patrolling an area around 12:15 a.m. Friday when they "saw something that aroused their suspicion," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison told NOLA.com in a separate story.
  • When at least one officer exited a police car, a gunman opened fire and struck McNeil several times, the outlet reported.
  • McNeil collapsed at the scene and was pronounced dead at a hospital, NOLA.com said.
  • The gunman was shot several times and later surrendered to a SWAT team, Harrison told the outlet, which reported that the gunman was arrested and is recovering at a hospital.
  • McNeil was sworn in as an officer April 2, 2015, and is survived by his wife and two children, ages 2 and 5, NOLA.com reported.

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