- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Detroit Lions fan has forfeited his season tickets and is banned from future events at Ford Field after he posted a Snapchat photo using the N-word to describe a pair of fans who sat through the national anthem Sunday.

The man posted a Snapchat photo on Facebook of a black couple sitting during the anthem with the caption “Ignorant [expletive].” The Facebook caption read: “You wana sit down for the national anthem? You dont like our country then get tge [expletive] outttt [sic].”

The photo was allegedly posted by David Doptis, owner of Restaurant Liquidations Auctions LLC in Pontiac, who denied he had anything to do with the post.

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“I didn’t post any pictures, any collages anything,” he told a local Fox affiliate. “I don’t know where that even came from.”

He later admitted to the post in a Facebook message before deleting his account, Fox reported.

On Thursday, the Lions confirmed to ESPN that the fan was no longer allowed at Ford Field.

“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.”

Head coach Jim Caldwell said he supported the team’s decision.

“I think it was handled appropriately and I think those things happen sometimes,” he told ESPN.

The woman in the photo, season-ticket holder Stacey Graham, told Fox that she stays seated during the national anthem because she disagrees with some of the lyrics.

“We gotta build our country back together, we gotta come together. Whatever that may mean,” she said. “The racial slur, that’s going backwards.”

“Everybody has an opinion,” she said. “He probably could’ve stuck with ‘he wishes we would’ve stood’ and I would’ve been like ‘OK’, but to write that under our picture — no words.”

Team President Rod Wood told The Detroit News he would be reaching out to Ms. Graham and the man in the photo.

As for Mr. Doptis, his business was closed Wednesday without explanation, a local ABC affiliate reported.

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