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Authorities cite Swansea man who planned Patriots jersey bonfire protest

A Swansea man who hosted a New England Patriots jersey bonfire protest at his home was issued a citation for violation of open burning regulations. (WJAR)

A Swansea man who hosted a New England Patriots jersey bonfire protest at his home was issued a citation for violation of open burning regulations.

The Swansea Fire Department cited Mark Shane of 16 Gardners Neck Road on Friday, a day after a few dozen people took part in the protest.

Shane told NBC 10 News that he planned the protest after 17 members of the team took a knee during the national anthem before last Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

He invited people to burn their Patriots jerseys, as well as other gear, in objection of the team's protest.

Only a handful of jerseys were burned at the event, which lasted about 20 minutes. The rest of the jerseys, Shane said, will be donated to Puerto Rico as part of the hurricane relief efforts.

“I’m a diehard Patriots fan,” Shane said. “I’m willing to forgive if they get up Sunday, get off their knees and respect the country. If they don’t, I’m not willing to forgive.”

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