A Detroit couple was called racial slurs for sitting during the national anthem at the Lions' home opener.
Stacey and her boyfriend went to the home opener for the Detroit Lions on Sept. 11 and sat during the national anthem, WJBK reported. A photo of them began circulating on Snapchat with a caption that read: "ignorant [n-words]."
“Everybody has an opinion," Stacey told WJBK. "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."
The picture is believed to have been taken by a man who is a Pontiac business owner. He has since denied the allegations.
“I didn't post any pictures, any collages anything," the unidentified business owner said. "I don't know where that even came from."
But a Facebook post in which the man admits to taking the picture contradicts those claims. His account has since been deleted, and he has not responded to WJBK's requests for a comment.
The news station was able to speak with the man's neighbor, who insisted that the unidentified business owner keeps a wide variety of company.
“I will tell you, he has a pretty diverse group of friends, a very diverse group of friends. I can say that honestly,” neighbor told WJBK.
Still, several social media users care calling for a boycott of the man's business.
Stacey said she sits during the national anthem because of the lyrics in the third stanza, which she says is about killing self-emancipated slaves. She hopes the incident with the Pontiac business owner will bring people together.
“We gotta build our country back together, we gotta come together. Whatever that may mean," Stacey added. "But that's going in the opposite direction. The racial slur, that's going backwards."
Both Stacey and the man are season-ticket holders. Stacey said she hopes the Lions will either take his membership away or move her seat so she doesn't have to sit with him again.
In August 2013, a story was published about two Lions players -- Tony Scheffler, who is white, and Louis Delmas, who is black -- that use racial slurs on each other as a sign of affection, the Daily Player reported.
“Me and [Scheffler] have a relationship many people do not have -- both black and white,” Delmas said, according to the Daily Player. “I look at him like my brother. I love him to death. He greets me, ‘What up, n****?’ But I understand it. So I say, ‘What’s up, cracker?’ But we would never take it outside the building."
“I treat Louis like a little brother,” Scheffler added. “He knows my wife and kids. He calls me ‘white boy’ and ‘cracker.’ We go back and forth with it and we are both comfortable with each other. I can’t say the same with other relationships in the locker room or how other guys would feel about it. So it is a tough dynamic when you are using those types of words. Everybody does not react the same."
The article was originally published by Detroit News, according to Deadspin. However, the original story has appeared to be taken down.