The post blamed an African-American couple for remaining seated during the course of its playing of “the member states national” anthem at last weekend’s season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Lions initially declined to comment on the matter, but corroborated for ESPN on Thursday that the fan would no longer be welcome at Ford Field.
The Snapchat post depicted the seated couple and included a caption read, “Ignorant n—–.” The post eventually made its style to Facebook.
After the post described negative reactions, the man connected with the Snapchat account denied any involvement, Detroit’s FOX 2 reported.
“I didn’t post any pictures, any collages anything . … I don’t know where that even came from, ” he said.
But he subsequently changed his tale and admitted to the post on Facebook before deleting his account, the Washington Hour quoted other sources as saying. The Times identified the man as a business owner from Pontiac, Mich.
The woman in the photo subsequently told FOX 2 that she was not happy with the caption used on the photograph.
“Everybody has an sentiment. He likely could’ve stuck with’ he wishes we would’ve stood’ and I would’ve been like,’ OK.’ But to write that under our image … no terms, ” she said.
As for her choice to remain seated during the natinal anthem, the woman said it was a response to lyrics in “The Star-Spangled Banner” that refer to the killing of self-emancipated slaves.
Typically, merely the first stanza of Francis Scott Key’s song is sung prior to sporting events, but the complete anthem features three more stanzas. The third of four stanzas includes the lines, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave; From the terror of flight, or the gloomines of the grave.”
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