A Detroit Lions fan who posted a racist Snapchat post during the national anthem will never be welcome back to Ford Field.
Per ESPN, two African-American fans sat during the national anthem on Sunday against Arizona, and the fan who posted the Snapchat has turned in his tickets.
The fan posted a photo of two fans sitting during the anthem and wrote the phrase "Ignorant N-----s" underneath the post. The post then made its way to Facebook and was sent to various media outlets, including ESPN, eventually becoming public Wednesday.
The Lions initially declined comment on the specifics of the incident Wednesday before reversing course and saying the fan was no longer welcome Thursday. 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.
Defensive end Akeem Spence was asked if it bothered him that this still happens in America, ""Yeah, it's crazy, man, but we all weren't brought up the same way," Spence said. "We all weren't brought up to have the same beliefs. I feel like we're all equal no matter what skin color or race. Some people, that's not their beliefs. I can't fault them for that and they can't fault me for the way I believe. But let's all get along."
Safety Glover Quin said he was frustrated that conversations on race are still happening in 2017. "Yeah, it is. And if we're still around in 2087, probably still be having it. Fact of life," Quin said.
ESPN noted that this is not the first time in recent years a fan has been banished from Ford Field. In 2014, a fan was banned from Ford Field after using a laser pointer during the Lions-Bills game. Two "superfans" were also kicked out of Ford Field during a 2015 game against the Bears, but they eventually returned for future games.