Source – A Lions fan who recently posted a Snapchat video of two black fans who sat for the national anthem during the Lions’ home opener with the caption “ignorant niggers” has relinquished his season tickets, per the Detroit News.
The Lions began an investigation into the incident after an image from the video went viral, and after identifying the fan, banned him from games at Ford Field. Realistically, stadium bans are unenforceable, but ostensibly this means he will not be able to purchase tickets directly from the Lions under his real name.
We do have a fan behavior standard, a code of standards, and I think, without question, our organization followed up, found out who the individual was and he no longer has season tickets in our stadium. I think it was handled appropriately, and those things happen sometimes.
Stacey Graham, the woman in the foreground of the photo, told local news station WXYZ that she began sitting for the anthem last year, and she took particular issue with the third verse of the anthem, which makes mention of American troops killing black slaves hired to fight for the British. The anthem is typically abbreviated to the first verse for sporting events
Alright seriously. f*** the anthem already I’m so sick and tired of people taking an issue with other people not standing up for a national anthem.
National anthems were meant as a wartime measure sort of like tax and unfortunately, like a tax, the stupid national anthem is stuck around for some ridiculous reason for the past 50/60 years. America has never stood more for racism and inequality than it does now so if someone have color or a visible minority decides they want to sit down for that national anthem, good by me.
Unfortunately, Detroit and its sports teams have long catered to angry white people especially the Red Wings.
It’s not intentional however the area around inner city Detroit is as white trash as it possibly gets with little pockets of rich white trash in the greater Detroit area.
Detroit was one of the flashpoint cities during the race riots of the 60s as well so scars probably still run very deep.
Good for the Lions for taking this man’s access to football games ever away from him. Now if we could only find the rest of those racist and put them in the same shitty basement that he’ll be watching those games from.