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Detroit Lions call for fans to be respectful to each other after report of racial slur


The Detroit Lions declined to comment Wednesday regarding an alleged incident between fans during the team’s season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

A man had taken a photo of two people sitting during the national anthem and then reportedly called them a racial slur in a Snapchat picture that was then sent to media outlets, including ESPN.

According to the Associated Press, television station WJBK reported on the photo, saying the person allegedly behind it has denied posting it. The station did not name the person.

After being contacted by ESPN and multiple outlets Wednesday, the Lions released a three-paragraph statement in which they essentially said they had no comment on the incident or discipline for the alleged fan.

“Providing our fans with a safe and enjoyable experience at all Ford Field events is of the utmost importance and an absolute priority for our organization. A core component of our guest conduct policy is the expectation that all fans are respectful and considerate to each other regardless of their personal beliefs or differences,” the Lions said in a statement. “With respect to the issue in question, the Detroit Lions and Ford Field do not comment on specifics related to any alleged guest incident(s) or altercations at games or other stadium events.”

In 2014, however, the Lions did comment on an incident and banned a fan for life from Ford Field for using a laser pointer during a game against the Buffalo Bills.

The following season, the Lions declined to comment after two “super fans” were kicked out of Ford Field during a game against the Chicago Bears. The fans eventually returned to Ford Field for future games.

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah reacted to Sunday’s alleged incident on Wednesday morning, saying he was “greatly disappointed” by it.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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