After a photo with a despicable caption went viral of two season-ticket holders sitting during the national anthem, the man who allegedly took the photo has relinquished his season tickets, per MLive.
“According to the team, Lions president Rod Wood is expected to reach out personally to the two fans who said they were targets of racist vitriol when they decided to sit for the national anthem before Sunday’s season opener against the Cardinals.”
Two fans at a Detroit Lions games opted not to stand during the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s season-opener. That resulted in this picture, with the following caption. (NSFW language)
The woman in the picture spoke with Fox 2 Detroit:
“Everybody has an opinion. He probably could’ve stuck with ‘he wishes we would’ve stood’ and I would’ve been like ‘ok’, but to write that under our picture … no words,” said Stacey.
“We gotta build our country back together, we gotta come together. Whatever that may mean. But that’s going in the opposite direction. The racial slur, that’s going backwards.”
The woman noted in the report her decision to sit was due to the third stanza, about killing emancipated slaves.
The man who allegedly took the picture originally denied taking and posting it before reportedly changing his story.