(NEW YORK POST) The New Orleans Saints are firing back at a retired Navy commander who declined to be honored at their game Sunday because of players protesting the national anthem, calling his decision “unfortunate and disappointing.”

Retired Navy Cmdr. John Wells, executive director of the Louisiana-based Military Veterans Advocacy, was selected by the Saints to receive its Peoples Health Champion Award for highlighting the “health and well-being of our military, veterans and their families,” according to the team’s statement on Thursday.

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