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Lions players send water to Flint, Michigan

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The city of Flint, Michigan currently is dealing with a water crisis, due to the presence of lead in the supply. Multiple members of the local NFL team have decided to help.

On Friday, defensive end Ziggy Ansah delivered 94,000 bottles of water to Flint.

“I am thankful to be in a position to do something about this,” Ansah said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “I can only hope this helps as a more permanent solution is being determined. It speaks volumes that my teammates were happy to jump on board and support as well.”

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press notes that fellow defensive linemen Haloti Ngata, Darryl Tapp, Jason Jones, Gabe Wright, and Caraun Reid contributed to the effort.

“These are our fans,” Ansah said. “These are the people that support us and it means something to be able to help them as well.”

The Lions organization has made an undisclosed contribution to the United Way, specifically to fund the truck delivering water to Flint. If anyone would like to donate to the effort, the United Way of Genesee County has set up a page for doing so.

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53 Responses to “Lions players send water to Flint, Michigan”
  1. detroit20iron says: Jan 23, 2016 10:23 AM

    Awesome job fellas.

  2. jag1959 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:23 AM

    How about we start an HOURS since last good deed counter to go along with the days since last arrest counter?

  3. purplepride11 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:23 AM

    I love how the government officials that cover up something like this get in zero trouble.

  4. niners816 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:26 AM

    Just call up Flint, Michigan’s favorite son: Jackie Moooooooon! “Everybody panic! Oh my God, there’s a bear loose in the coliseum! There will be no refunds! Your refund will be escaping this deathtrap with your life! If you have a small child, use it as a shield! They love the tender meat! Cover your sodas! Dewie loves sugar!”

  5. notthesameolelions says: Jan 23, 2016 10:27 AM

    The sad thing is that the water crisis started last April and it is just now that it is a concern. People have died and thousands more have had other major health problems because of this. Thankfully the players are helping. More need to get involved not only help the victims, but to also hold those in the MI gvermnet(Rick Snider) accountable for their actions when they knew the outcome.

  6. vetdana says: Jan 23, 2016 10:28 AM

    Great to see Players who care !….and want to give something back to fans in need !

  7. rlpftt says: Jan 23, 2016 10:33 AM

    No wonder Hyzers is so dumb, his water supply has lead in it!

  8. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 23, 2016 10:33 AM

    Ziggy Ansah was born in Ghana and understands the importance of potable water. Good on them all. What Governor Snyder has done is not only unconscionable it’s criminal. He should be impeached and I regret having voted for him.

  9. jtm12180 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:36 AM

    Ansah can probably relate personally with where he’s from. A class act to help like that! More players should take notice!

  10. switchwitch59 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:40 AM

    Good for you, keep it up!

  11. jarodriguez1977 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:40 AM

    Forget teams and fan bases. This is just about people helping people in need. Awesome

  12. gdive says: Jan 23, 2016 10:42 AM

    That was a great thing for the Lions players and organization to do. Just gave a small donaton myself.

  13. mountie97 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    Class act. Truly understands the priviledge it is to play a game for a living

  14. romosmicrodongs says: Jan 23, 2016 10:51 AM

    Where was the article from about a week ago where redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton organized the skins defensive line and sent 3600 bottles of water to flint?

    Guess it’s not good for the agenda

  15. MossMoon2Packers says: Jan 23, 2016 10:51 AM

    Why isn’t Governor Snyder in jail for this? Oh, sorry, I forgot — the Rule of Law is dead in the US of A, where the rich and powerful can commit any crimes with impunity.

  16. hippieway says: Jan 23, 2016 10:51 AM

    That is the kind of headline I want to read.

  17. duffelbagsports says: Jan 23, 2016 10:52 AM

    My new league MVPs

  18. granadafan says: Jan 23, 2016 11:02 AM

    Sounds like they need tankers full of water in addition to bottle water.

  19. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 23, 2016 11:06 AM

    Why can’t we do good things? I wish we were Lions fans.

  20. lobos539 says: Jan 23, 2016 11:14 AM

    Nice! Way to support the people that support you!

  21. polegojim says: Jan 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    Tough when basic human services are not ‘basic’ and become dangerous.

    I hope this gets cleared up quickly for a city that just does not have the resources on its own… even if current goverence bears responsibility, the citizens should not pay for it with life and health over a prolonged period.

    Many take for granted what other areas of the world have battled for years – clean water is one of the biggest.

  22. captainwhodat says: Jan 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    not a Lions fan but: good job!

  23. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 23, 2016 11:25 AM

    Yet another reason to respect and admire Ansah and the entire entire Lions organization.

    No big “Look at me” just “I’m glad I was in a position to be able to help.”

    Respect.

  24. yooperman says: Jan 23, 2016 11:35 AM

    Well done Lions. Flint needs all the help it can get.
    A better way to help Flint, get rid of Governor Synder and his team of money managers that take over cities and school systems in Michigan.
    Michigan is surrounded by fresh water, which Flint had, but HIS money managers thought switching to water from the Flint River was the way to cut cost.

  25. pemory says: Jan 23, 2016 11:36 AM

    Nice move by the Leos.

  26. tinytoolalldrool says: Jan 23, 2016 11:45 AM

    VERY classy

  27. stevedenetz says: Jan 23, 2016 11:46 AM

    packer fan here …… class job Ziggy and the DL

  28. jacktatum32 says: Jan 23, 2016 12:01 PM

    What a messed up situation in Flint

  29. fumblenuts says: Jan 23, 2016 12:07 PM

    Way to set an example Ziggy!

  30. seahawksbmx says: Jan 23, 2016 12:08 PM

    Good job, Lions, as well as any other players & fans that have or intend to help out such as Flint’s own Thomas Rawls of the Seahawks:

    “I can’t wait to go back home and help out,” Rawls said. “I may even try to dig a well and try to connect it to another city or something. I want to be Superman to my city. I love my city. I don’t want to get emotional about it, but I will go home.”

  31. whatjusthapped says: Jan 23, 2016 12:45 PM

    Sounds harsh but before you feel too sorry for the residents of Flint, MI, just know that they have been voting Democrat for decades and are now finding out what the phrase, “getting the government they voted for and deserve” really means.

  32. jimmysee says: Jan 23, 2016 12:59 PM

    Great to see this involvement in the community. Despicable that there is a need for it.

    Let’s pump dirty water into the governor’s mansion and Michigan statehouse.

    The Flint disaster is prime example #1 why government should never be run like a business.

  33. duffelbagsports says: Jan 23, 2016 1:08 PM

    The League MVPs

  34. bigwalt2990 says: Jan 23, 2016 1:40 PM

    Flint water was so bad in the 90s GM couldn’t even use it for manufacturing. This is not a new problem.

  35. infectorman says: Jan 23, 2016 1:54 PM

    excellent work, Fellas!

    That’s is a great example to set for the $44million man in the corner office at 345 Madison Ave.

    What has he done for the folks in Flint?

  36. ariani1985 says: Jan 23, 2016 2:04 PM

    Only packer trash can make light of the situation!

  37. helicopterpilot13 says: Jan 23, 2016 2:20 PM

    The real story is the minority-led government that allowed this fiasco to occur.

  38. skawh says: Jan 23, 2016 2:30 PM

    Nice to see players trying to help out, but their efforts aren’t even a band aid on the water problem.

    This is what happens when Republicans rule. In power since 2011, and you’ve only now heard a peep about this deadly water. Republicans don’t care about who dies. Which highlights their hypocrisy raising concerns for “death panels” in the health care debates. There’s always been death panels. It’s called insurance companies that deny valid healthcare claims. How many have died over this water crisis?

  39. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 23, 2016 2:46 PM

    rlpftt says:
    Jan 23, 2016 10:33 AM

    No wonder Hyzers is so dumb, his water supply has lead in it!
    _________________

    We know. We know. You secretly have a man crush on this Hyzers and love to see his name in print.

  40. Seprix says: Jan 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    Just have the Lions go 0-16 again. The tears of the disillusioned fans can fuel Flint’s water supply for the next couple of years!

  41. mackcarrington says: Jan 23, 2016 3:44 PM

    Perhaps they can shame the government into giving them millions of gallons of water.

  42. unoduotres says: Jan 23, 2016 4:20 PM

    It is great to see NFL Players doing great things for their community. Maybe 345 Park Ave. could learn from the players example and not worry about how many more billions they can make.

  43. fanofpft says: Jan 23, 2016 5:00 PM

    Who needs regulations? Just drink swamp water.

    This story is an example of ” shrinking rule to fit in a tub”.

  44. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 23, 2016 5:02 PM

    niners816 says:
    Jan 23, 2016 10:26 AM

    Just call up Flint, Michigan’s favorite son: Jackie Moooooooon! “Everybody panic! Oh my God, there’s a bear loose in the coliseum! There will be no refunds! Your refund will be escaping this deathtrap with your life! If you have a small child, use it as a shield! They love the tender meat! Cover your sodas! Dewie loves sugar!”
    ___________________

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  45. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 23, 2016 5:09 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 23, 2016 12:45 PM

    Sounds harsh but before you feel too sorry for the residents of Flint, MI, just know that they have been voting Democrat for decades and are now finding out what the phrase, “getting the government they voted for and deserve” really means.
    __________________

    Maybe you don’t read much A Republican Governor and his cohorts are responsible for this.

  46. luckyjim1980 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:23 PM

    Rick Snyder is a disgrace. Ziggy Ansah is a bad ass.

  47. packmanfan says: Jan 23, 2016 5:35 PM

    If they hold a telethon for this, as they did for Katrina, would Kanye Worst show up and say, “Obama doesn’t care about black people.”

  48. packmanfan says: Jan 23, 2016 5:37 PM

    He should have left out the part of the justification for helping out because they are Lions fans.
    Geez, just help out from the goodness of your heart no matter who they root for and a bunch of them may not care at all about football. Will this mean that they won’t get any water?

  49. ebdug says: Jan 23, 2016 5:47 PM

    You’d think giving them their brand of watered down football would be enough.

  50. badrobot74 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:56 PM

    The lions all grabbed water, but unfortunately fumbled it after just two steps.

  51. akboots says: Jan 23, 2016 6:36 PM

    I have past experiences with United Way. Do NOT give to this bunch unless you don’t care if the money gets to where it is needed. I was in DC when I got involved with them. If everyone knew how they operate, they would run. A pathetic group of human beings.

  52. rhughsirius says: Jan 24, 2016 2:51 AM

    They should have sent in Our Man Flint (i.e., Secret Agent Derek Flint aka James Coburn) although they would have had to pay him double considering that he’d be in Flint, MI: Hardly the place for such a man of mystery. And please no Schlitz beer! Yeah, this beer “Tastes like Schlitz” alright!

  53. trumb1mj says: Jan 24, 2016 12:49 PM

    It’s crazy how just a few years ago the Lions were known for off field issues and now there are far more stories like this following around the roster. It’s refreshing especially considering stories of steroid abuse, drugs, child abuse, media members being silenced through threats of physical violence and domestic violence from the Packers and Vikings.

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