- 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.
#NOPD mourning the loss of Officer Marcus McNeil, killed in the line of duty https://t.co/TrF2OXt7qw— Kristin Pierce (@Kristin Pierce) 1507908237.0
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.
Here's a clip:
— Andrew Doak (@AndrewDoak_WWL) October 15, 2017
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.
What did others have to say about the Saints' kneeling?
@Saints 😠KNEEL During Tribute For Murdered Officer🙏 @NFL Disrespects Our FLAG🇺🇸 and Fallen HERO'S🙏 #BoycottNFL 👇 https://t.co/i2ZWFdcimV— T ⭐⭐⭐🇺🇸 (@T ⭐⭐⭐🇺🇸) 1508147692.0
@outcold1 @bluelivesmtr @Saints @NFL @nflcommish Police officers should start boycotting the NFL. Let them overpai… https://t.co/fqWLAfnT5w— Storm ⛈ (@Storm ⛈) 1508157350.0
Real classy to kneel during the moment of silence for a fallen officer @Saints @NFL https://t.co/evA2MWdA9x— Julius T. Horney (@Julius T. Horney) 1508159677.0