Saints players asked for moment of silence for slain NOPD officer

Monday, October 16th

The moment of silence at the beginning of the game was asked for by the Saints players for slain NOPD officer Marcus McNeil, however when the players kneeled Saints fans started booing was it just a miscommunication from the press box to the field? Did the timing of the moment of silence come at the wrong time? Is it disrespectful to kneel in remembrance of a fallen officer?


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With the weeks of heated heated debate over the controversy over nearly two international I took. I was really interested to see what the reaction the saints players and the fans would be in the Mercedes-Benz superdome. On Sunday. I was there and is a color guard was announced. And the volunteers moved into place to unfurled a huge American flag for the singing of our National Anthem. My eyes were on the saints players. And at that moment numerous players. Took an in. The National Anthem had not yet started. But as the players took a knee the public address announcer asked the crowd to remember slain NO PD officer Marcus McNeill. Was a moment of silence. His picture and appear on Dick screens. In the stadium. As the players knelt many fans began to boo loudly. It seemed as if the fans were actually pulling the announcement. A student at them not be announced at the moment of silence as much as. They were they were blowing the saints for for kneeling. When the disease officer. What's being remembered. Now where the players nearly in protest of the slowing police officer. With the fans booing the players for showing disrespect for the officer. For the record. The saints have told us there's a New Orleans Saints players themselves. Ask for the moment of silent tribute to officer revealed. Contrary to what a lot of people flawed at the time. The players were kneeling. Not to protest the police in general. They were protesting the moment of silence. And what what else is interesting is that you'll be you know maybe maybe somebody has set something. Up to this point. But I have not heard anybody. Really asked the same tour or talk about. Why they knelt. And the saints tell us that the players asked that moment of silence. And I don't believe one of the reporters. Ask any of the players after the game. What was there intent. In new. Now in every communication process. Serious intent. And their reception. The intent of any communication is not always match how it is received or interpret. From my seat in the Mercedes-Benz superdome. I felt like the players were kneeling. And this was there a precursor to the National Anthem to show support for inequality in America. As they have done in the past and then they were going to stand for the National Anthem. It seem that with the timing of the players kneeling in the beginning of the tributes officer McNeil the fans were booing the players for nearly. During the beginning of the moment of silence. In fact there's even or a report. That says the players were kneeling during. The moment of silence. That's not true. They weren't. As controversial as the new internationally commits. I just could not imagine that the saints players were protesting a phone police officer. So it immediately occurred to me the fans were booing the players because they thought they were kneeling and showing disrespect for officer Rick field. And that was totally misinterpreted. What happened before the State's lions game yesterday. Brings us to really an example of of what happens often. Is rush to judgment. It is the rigidity. After initial opinions. Even if proven wrong. They're still they're still adhered to. And this contributes to an intensely. Divided America. How many of the fans. That booed. Booed because they thought the players were showing disrespect for NO PD officer McNeal. And will. Well they admit that the players kneeling. Was not part of a protest to the officer. But it's simply happened did just an inconvenient time. By doing when they did it also appeared to fans were you know way they were being disrespectful to the beginning of the moment of silence for officer McNeil. The timing of both the player sealing the fans going was unfortunate. But from my perspective at the stadium Sunday. I did not feel the players were showing disrespect. And I have to assume that the fans that booed. We're not trying to be disrespectfully to. What is. What anyone. Originally saw it. Should change. The perception should change. Because the intent of the players what's not to show disrespect. If the players asked for that moment of silence. You know we often see. People interpret facts. Faction determined by what really happened. Faction not determined by what people want to believe. And and those who. Have. Look I'm not for the players and healing during National Anthem but they have a right to do it. But many of those who have been so vocal. On dish showing. Is this debate has continued on many of those who have been so vocal about players kneeling. During the National Anthem. It's almost as if they wanted to assume the players were also showing disrespect for the police in general. And that was not a case. So we clear on this. Here's what it sounded like when the players we're booed by the fans yesterday and I don't. At this time we have to. Actually went saints and Vincent family. To observe a moment of silence to recognize and honor the memory of officer Marcus McNeill. The New Orleans Police Department. Who was lost to us in the line of duty Friday morning. The saints players are gonna do with this. Thank you. You know I just again I thought this was just a big. Misunderstanding. If you would like to join us with a common if you would there what was your impression. I mean really did you did you artists say sink their dead at any player would would kneeled down. To be disrespectful to the the the picture in the memory of a slain officer. I don't think so. So the impression I got it now we're learning that the players themselves asked for that moment of silence. So doesn't that mean they were not kneeling. To protest the police in general.