Lions fan who posted racist message no longer a season ticket holder

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A Lions fan who posted a racist message on social media is no longer a season ticket holder.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the team announced that the fan surrendered his tickets, but did not specify he was banned.

At last week’s game, the man posted a photo of two African American fans sitting during the national anthem, with the caption: “Ignorant (expletives).”

“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,” the team said in a statement. “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 have banned fans in the past, as they did with one who used a laser pointer during a game.

Safety Glover Quin said he was frustrated to be talking about such racist behavior in 2017.

“Yeah, it is,” Quin said. “I mean, and if we’re still around in 2087, we’ll probably still be having it. It’s a fact of life. . . .

“People should be able to do what they want to do. If they want to stand up, sit down, people have their choice, their freedom. But no type of racism, in my opinion, should be tolerated.”

The Lions apparently haven’t, even if they won’t say it.

60 responses to “Lions fan who posted racist message no longer a season ticket holder

  1. At last week’s game, the man posted a photo of two African American fans sitting during the national anthem, with the caption: “Ignorant (expletives).” MAGA???

  2. People hold this country up so high when it continues to screws all of us, doesn’t matter who is in the White House and all in the name of “freedom” Plenty of “free” countries in the world that don’t worship themselves like the US does. The US loves the UK, Europe and Australia, while telling the sheep here that the rest of the Earth is third world or enemies. Our arrogance will catch up to us.

  3. Defending the flag is racist. Sad. A better choice if words would have made the point but not today’s media. Losers.

  4. This person is a total racist and needs to be called out…but Kaep not getting a qb gig after he wore a shirt glorifying a dictator, wearing socks with police dressed as pigs, and stating that the police are a runaway slave patrol while complaining about oppression in this country is being discriminated against.
    I guess it’s only free speech if you agree with the message.

  5. “…he was frustrated to be talking about such racist behavior in 2017.” Unfortunately the putrid genie of racism now feels free to roam./

  6. I read some stuff on CBS this morning with people saying what about his right to free speech? I am paraphrasing a quote I saw once but –

    “You have the right to free speech, and you cant get arrested for what you say. It doesn’t mean anyone else has to listen to your BS or host you while you share it. It doesn’t protect you from criticism or consequences. If you are yelled at boycotted, banned from an event or community – your free speech isn’t being violated, its just people telling you that your an a-hole and showing you the door.”

    The Lions were so right in doing this, they don’t and won’t host this guys BS at their event. He can share his views with his buddies and friends at home.

  7. Pushing for a cause is best served by one’s actions. I still don’t understand how sitting or kneeling during the national anthem advances any cause. It only polarizes people and actually diminishes the very message that is trying to be made. But I guess it is easy to do, costs nothing, and gives one a sense of satisfaction in some way.

  8. While I disagree with the individual posting a remark like that, I do however think it is his right to express his personal feeling and opinion. You may or not agree with him but he does have a right to say what he wants just like the ones protesting have their right to say what they want.

  9. It amazes me. A black female State Senator in Missouri can put on Facebook that she hopes President Trump is assassinated, and she gets censured — but keeps her job. This dopey Lions fan does what he did and he loses his season tickets.
    I’m not defending this guy. What he did is 100% wrong, although I don’t disagree with his point that these guys who are sitting are misguided.
    I am pointing out a double standard which exists that no one talks about. And it is a double standard. Blacks can say and do things with no repercussions that a white person would get fired for.
    Jemele Hill of ESPN still has her job after Tweeting that President Trump is a “white supremacist”. ESPN put out an apology for what she said, but didn’t suspend her or fire her.
    How many whites have been suspended by ESPN for far less than that? Tony Kornheiser was suspended by ESPN because he called out ESPN hostess Hannah Storm in 2010 for the way she dresses. He said her clothes were “horrifying” and said her blouses were too tight and her dresses too short for someone in “their 40’s or maybe 50’s”. Kornheiser was exactly right because there is no doubt that these sports networks hire women for the way they look, not their sports knowledge. But he got suspended. Were his comments any more offense than Hill’s?
    I think the Lions were right to force this guy to give up his tickets. There is no place for anything like that in NFL stadiums. But — there is also no place for players protesting and demonstrating their political beliefs on NFL fields, either.
    The problem I have with all of this is the double standard. There is no level playing field when it comes to what blacks and whites can say or get away with.

  10. I’m glad the ignorant bigot turned in the tickets. It’s the least he could do for society.

    Before all you “free speech” clowns start chiming in this morning, please make sure you know what you are talking about.

  11. Now if we can get stores selling music with racist lyrics to remove it from their shelves things might improve even more. If the Lions can choose not to do business with a fan, then stores can do the same with artists too. And SURPRISE, a law didn’t even need to be created in this situation! On the flip side, stores do have the freedom to sell it, make money off of it, and poison the minds of future generations…as long as it isn’t a PR nightmare for the business…right? And people have the freedom not to buy what stores sell too. Freedom is precious and complicated all at the same time. But I love it regardless and wouldn’t trade it.

  12. If the guy wouldn’t have brought race into it, I would have been OK with criticizing them for disrespecting the flag. But he posted the word nobody can say except for rappers and other black people.

  13. Hey PFT, almost every Lions article you guys write has the same generic, outdated Lions helmet. They have new color schemes, get with the times!

    All serious though, good job Lions. These are the type of people that ruin Professional sports games for families.

  14. I could do without the vulgarity, but this country does allow for freedom of speech and opinion, wether it’s a non violent social media post or choosing to not participate in the anthem. If you choose to do either there is also not a law preventing others to think less of you!

  15. As wrong as that idiot season ticket holder is (and idiot is being kind) His right to say and think what he wants is as much his right as the same idiots sitting during the National Anthem rights are of protesting. I am a veteran and i am opposed to the way these athletes are protesting BUT, I do support their right to do . lets not be nieve though. Im sure the “N” word is used as much as racist names used toward whites,Latinos, gays ect. Doesnt make it right but lets not say the season ticket holder doesnt have rights either. Agree with his ideals or not he still has a right to be a idiot

  16. If we’re talking about freedom as Glover Quinn does at the end of the article, there’s not any principled reason that disrespect of the flag should be tolerated but disrespect of particular people should not be. This is a sign that this conversation is not about freedom at all, but about two opposing ideologies, each insisting that it’s own symbols are owed reverence. One of those ideologies has the power to enforce it’s will, while the other doesn’t. You can see this as people continue to disrespect the flag, while others are actually banned from football games.

  17. yousoldout714 says:

    September 15, 2017 at 7:26 am
    Remember when the Clippers owner had to sell his franchise for using…words? Dangerous precedent….
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    Yes, words that promote racism and hate are very DANGEROUS!

  18. That guy as an American has the right to call them those names.
    If the Lions are too worried about PC backlash, then good. The guy just saved himself from further spending tens of thousands of dollars on a loser franchise, whose own clack players retire early from, just to get away from this losing franchise

  19. That guy as an American has the right to call them those names.
    If the Lions are too worried about PC backlash, then good. The guy just saved himself from further spending tens of thousands of dollars on a loser franchise, whose own black players retire early from, just to get away from this losing franchise

  20. If the two fans were white, would the poster still have lost his season tickets?
    I highly doubt it. Reverse racism is running rampant

  21. What was the word after ignorant?

    If it was an expletive, like this article says, I don’t see how it is racist. If it was the n word, then we are talking racism.

    Don’t get me wrong – I think it is wrong either way. I just hate the idea of the word racist being applied incorrectly. It’s a big, ugly charge that has a specific meaning

  22. finzfan49 says:
    September 15, 2017 at 8:08 am
    While I disagree with the individual posting a remark like that, I do however think it is his right to express his personal feeling and opinion. You may or not agree with him but he does have a right to say what he wants just like the ones protesting have their right to say what they want.
    ———
    100% Agreed. But I also feel that the Lions have the right to tell them they are no longer welcome in their home.

  23. Double standard and so sick of it. If it was the word that most think it is, the black community call other that all the time and that is ok? Black politicians attack a white President and that is ok???? Most sickening, a black rapper shows a white CHILD being hanged in a music video and that is considered art?????? Some may consider me racist for these remarks but I am not. All I want is equality. Come on people.

  24. Racists are snowflakes and with their white Halloween costumes, with pointy hoods, they look like snowflakes. time to declare. You’re either opposed to racists or you are one.

  25. qdog112 says:

    September 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Racists are snowflakes and with their white Halloween costumes, with pointy hoods, they look like snowflakes. time to declare. You’re either opposed to racists or you are one.

    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    Is Jemele Hill a snowflake?, because she certainly is a racist. Go have a look at her tweet about Kid Rock. Forget the Trump remark, look at the Kid Rock remark.

  26. qdog112 says:
    September 15, 2017 at 9:47 am
    Racists are snowflakes and with their white Halloween costumes, with pointy hoods, they look like snowflakes. time to declare. You’re either opposed to racists or you are one.
    ——
    When I was young I use to HATE racists. As I grew older I now understand they are just scared.
    They sincerely believe that there are those that out to get them. Take their job. Take their girlfriend. Take their patriotism. Take their God. They are just scared. Sort of like a cornered dog. They often over zealously worship god for protection from outside forces. They often are overzealous fans of having a huge military to protect them from imaginary foreign invaders. They are often overzealous fans of military style policing to protect them from poor people that they fear are out to rob and rape them. They are often overzealous fans of personal firepower to carry on them at all times because the military, police and God might not be there to save them when it all goes down.

    All of it just boils down to fear. They are very frighted and probably feel a bit cornered by their own disillusion of reality. Talk radio and Cable news Priests and politicians know this and totally feed off of that fear. They constantly stoke the coals to keep them frightened.

  27. orangecrush78 said:
    September 15, 2017 at 8:04 am
    I read some stuff on CBS this morning with people saying what about his right to free speech? I am paraphrasing a quote I saw once but –

    “You have the right to free speech, and you cant get arrested for what you say. It doesn’t mean anyone else has to listen to your BS or host you while you share it. It doesn’t protect you from criticism or consequences. If you are yelled at boycotted, banned from an event or community – your free speech isn’t being violated, its just people telling you that your an a-hole and showing you the door.”

    ——————————–

    Wish I could “thumbs-up” this more than once…

  28. qdog112 says:

    Racists are snowflakes and with their white Halloween costumes, with pointy hoods, they look like snowflakes. time to declare. You’re either opposed to racists or you are one.
    ============================================================

    I’m glad we both oppose the KKK and BLM.

  29. finzfan49 says:

    September 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

    While I disagree with the individual posting a remark like that, I do however think it is his right to express his personal feeling and opinion. You may or not agree with him but he does have a right to say what he wants just like the ones protesting have their right to say what they want.
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    He has that right and exercised it. No one said he couldn’t post what he wanted to post.

    His posting had consequences, like all free speech. You are free to say what you want–and those who hear it are free to make you pay the price for hateful speech.

    Those on the Right and Left don’t seem to understand this, that actions and speech have consequences. In this case, he lost his season tickets. Whether this is a penalty, given the record of the Lions over the last 50-plus years, is a separate question. Personally, I’d have turned him loose in certain neighborhoods of Motown at midnight on Saturday night and said, “You’re on your own, tough talker.”

  30. Would a black man saying the same thing lose his season tickets? HIGHLY unlikely and people are getting sick and tired of the double standard.

  31. I agree he was way wrong with his hate, but is taking away his tickets really a punishment? Since sports in Detroit is in a free fall, maybe as punishment he should have been forced to go to ALL the games, Pistons, Wings, Tigers and Lions, all in Detroit too!

    Now that is a punishment!

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