New Orleans Saints Kneel During Tribute For Murdered Officer

New Orleans Saints kneel during tribute to murdered hero, Officer Marcus McNeil. (Kneeling photo from prior game in London)

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Saints players kneeled before the game on Sunday, but it wasn’t during the national anthem, it was during a tribute to murdered New Orleans PD Officer Marcus McNeil.

Fans booed as players knelt during the moment of silence for Officer McNeil.

The players then stood for the national anthem, according to NOLA.com .

NOTE: The kneeling photo used is from a prior game. For a photo from today, see NOLA.com.

Sunday’s game of Saints vs. Lions was the first game at the Superdome since President Trump said that kneelers should be fired.

None of the Lions players kneeled.

New Orleans Police Department Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, was ambushed and murdered early Friday morning.

The incident happened just after midnight when a group of three officers on patrol spotted something suspicious.

Officer McNeil stepped out of his car to investigate and a gunman opened fire, shooting the officer repeatedly.

Other officers returned fire, shooting the suspect, who then ran into an apartment.

The gunman remained barricaded in the apartment until he eventually surrendered to a SWAT team.

Officer McNeil was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Marcus McNeil leaves behind his wife, Brittiny, and two small children.

Brittiny told New Orleans Magazine that Officer McNeil had always wanted to join New Orleans PD because he wanted to make a difference in the city which is plagued with crime and poverty.

Officer McNeil's killer was identified as Darren Bridges. His motive is not known at this time.

It's not clear at this time if the Saints players intended to kneel during the tribute to Officer McNeil, of it they were just too dense to realize when they were kneeling.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of Officer McNeil.

If only you "pro police people" had the same outrage towards Seth Spangler,Stephen Paddock,Hollis Daniels and Ian Howard who actually attacked cops by killing them.

@OfficerBlue I saw that yesterday, but it doesn't really bring clarity. It is only of one person apparently praying (not that that makes it better). I hate that guys are kneeling during the anthem. It made my blood boil hearing the Saints kneeled while honoring a fallen cop. But it is frustrating to have the truth shaped in a way we can't have honest conversations.

What is so surprising when members of the National Felon league Kneel? They are a bunch of bs retards who make millions and live in gated communities. They hate the police and regular America. If this country is so bad get out go live in China, Iran, or lovely Iraq. Total disrespect to the officers family and the country’s law enforcement across this nation. Kneeling on a moment of respect for the falling shows how the National Felon League is a bunch of pos’s. Where is the outcry for the hundreads shot and killed in Chicago past 6 months? And on stats more whites are killed by police than people of color. Where is race bater Al Sharpton on the genocide people of color are doing to one another in Chicago? City that resembles Iraq. More people are killed in Chicago in 30 days than U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. The NFL needs to grow a spine. The fans should all walk out when they take a knee and let America nation wide see it. The NFL should not have a tax exempt status either, thats bs. First amendment only guards you against government censoring speech and expression not private institutions who want to show respect to the nation or the fallen.

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The Saints are making me ashamed that I am from Louisiana. Sad that their parents did not teach them RESPECT for others or themselves. All they are is over paid fake crybabies .

Worse part of all this kneeling nonsense is football coaches around the country telling JR HIGH SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL AND YOUNGER KIDS TO KNEEL IN SOLIDARITY. THATS THE MOST DISGRACEFUL THING TO SEE.

@JonasBlaneII Not covering topics is one of the most common criticisms we get, and it's almost always wrong. We did multiple articles on every one of the officers murdered by those oxygen thieves. https://twitter.com/SnarkyCop/status/917602105363283968

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Isn't this the same coach who had to sit out a year for cheating? I haven't watched a game since I turned it off when Colin Cancer took a knee. I will never watch again. I proudly served in the Army to give these jerks the right to kneel, to protect their 1st amendments rights. BUT, do it on your own damned time, not company time. If I protested on my job, I'd be unemployed so fast I doubt my shoes would leave the building with me.

Then maybe the players need to stop this useless protest

One Idea, these NFL or NBA players should go on a ride along in the cities. being that million $ houses are not like the streets of normal crime ridden areas, lets see what they do with the insults most or all police officer take every day

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