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Detroit Lions Ban Season Ticket Holder Who Posted Racist Snapchat of Anthem Protesters

Oct 11, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; A general view outside Ford Field before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

*The Detroit Lions fan who posted a racist Snapchat after two African-American fans sat during the national anthem on Sunday may no longer step foot inside of Ford Field, the Lions confirmed to ESPN.

The fan was banished after posting a photo of two fans sitting during the anthem and wrote the phrase “Ignorant N—–s” underneath the post. The post ended up on Facebook and was picked up by various media outlets.

Detroit fan's racist snapchat
Detroit fan’s racist snapchat

The Lions had initially declined to comment on the post Wednesday, but changed its tune on Thursday and announced that the fan has surrendered his season tickets and is banned from attending future games. The Lions’ initial statement said part of the team’s conduct policy was to respect all fans.

“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.”

Head coach Jim Caldwell supported the team’s decision. “I think it was handled appropriately and I think those things happen sometimes,” Caldwell said.

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