Disgruntled Patriots fan hosts jersey-burning party over anthem protests
A disgruntled New England Patriots fan who was in attendance at last Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans when around 20 Patriots players knelt during the national anthem organized an event where fellow fans could burn their jerseys.
Mark Shane, of Swansea, Mass., says he was “shocked” over the pregame protest, as the Patriots “always stayed above this kind of nonsense.” The incident inspired him to host the jersey-burning party at his home.
“Shocked me, totally shocked me,” Shane said, via WBZ-4 TV. “I was dumbfounded … They just disappointed me, I couldn’t even sleep Sunday night.”
Shane posted a sign bearing the message, “Disappointed in the Patriots? Come burn a jersey at the corner of Main St. in Swansea, Thursday @7pm!” stood near a fire pit surrounded by chairs.
At the property of #Swansea resident Mark Shane who's hosting a @Patriots jersey burning event after 17 players #knelt during the anthem. pic.twitter.com/590PnGIJ2G
— Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) September 27, 2017
More than 100 like-minded people reportedly turned out for the event, which of course pleased Shane.
“I think it was a great success,” Shane told WBZ-4 TV. “I think people were united, I think people love our country and I think it sends a great message to the NFL and any divisive type actions will not be tolerated during sports.”
Rich Shertenlieb likened the scene to something “right out of ‘South Park.'”
“They’re playing Lee Greenwood as they start to burn jerseys,” he said.
One onlooker reported that “not one jersey was burned,” adding people instead set ablaze “cruddy T-shirts” and “K-Mart version of Patriots shirts.” He added the scene was like something “right out of ‘South Park.'”
“This was literally a jersey burn … without any jerseys being burned,” he said.
Well, to be fair, a jersey-burning party where no jerseys were burned probably isn’t as bad as painting a swastika on a team flag, as one disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers fan recently did.