A new mural in the stands on a New Orleans Saints football stadium was vandalized with an image of a Confederate flag, sparking a social media storm that’s left some fans angry and upset.
“The image is offensive to many in our community and to the Saints,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement.
“We will do everything in our power to make it right.”
Benson made a video to promote the mural, which depicts a Confederate soldier with the word “f— the devil” and a Confederate battle flag in the background.
Saints players and coaches have made similar videos and signs over the years.
The image of the soldier was taken from the 2017 movie “Saving Private Ryan,” which tells the story of the 2013 killing of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri.
It’s unclear who made the post on the wall.
The Saints have since moved to a larger, more prominent section of the stadium, which was built to house the NFL’s New Orleans-based Saints, but some fans said the mural was an insult to those who were there to see the team play in the regular-season opener against the San Diego Chargers.
The team has made a similar mural in other sections of its stadium, including in the South End of the city, where it plays at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.