Man Who Hosted Patriots Jersey Burning Protest Appealing Fine

A Massachusetts man who hosted a New England Patriots jersey burning protest in his yard earlier this year said he's appealing the fine he was issued by the town and will take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

"If I pay it, it says I did something wrong," said Mark Shane of Swansea, Massachusetts.

Shane hosted the event in late September following the game against the Houston Texans where some Patriots players knelt during the National Anthem. He called the actions of the 20 or so Patriots who knelt "embarrassing."

He was initially issued a $400 fine by the Swansea fire chief for violating open burning regulations. That fine was later knocked down to $100.

Shane appealed, but his appeal was denied. His lawyer said he's planning to file a second appeal as soon as possible.

More than 75 people took part in Shane's jersey burning, even though they were warned against it by the town. Shane created signs for the event and set up his yard with lights, seats and a fire pit. 

"I think it was a great success," Shane said at the time. "I think people were united. I think people love our country, and I think it sends a great message to the NFL that any divisive-type actions will not be tolerated."

The player kneeling protest came after President Donald Trump's polarizing comments in regards to NFL players protesting the anthem. Among the Patriots who took a knee were Devin McCourty, Trey Flowers, Brandin Cooks, Brandon Bolden, James White and Malcolm Butler. Other players stood but linked arms in a show of unity.

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