REPORT: Martha Ford Begged Lions Players To Stand For Anthem, Promised To Back Causes Financially
After a week filled with national anthem demonstrations, the Detroit Lions were one of many teams that had meetings involving leadership and players to discuss the ongoing issue of social inequality and players taking a knee during the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’
Multiple players on the Lions have confirmed that owner Martha Ford asked many of them to do something for her. And in return, she promised to do something for them.
Basically, she told them stand for the Anthem, and she’ll back any cause they want financially.
“She just asked us not to take the knee and basically told us – not basically, she told us she would back and support financially as well as put her name on whatever issues that we wanted to try to attack,” defensive end Cornelius Washington said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But as far as the kneeling, she just I guess felt like there was better ways to get the point across. And at this point, people know what we’re kneeling for so now trying to take that next step in the plan of action to foster change is, that’s the next part and that’s the part she’s willing to get behind.”
“We do dance around the topic a lot and Mrs. Ford has come forward and said that as long a we compromise as a team and unify and make a unified demonstration, she’ll back us financially. So I’m definitely going to hold her to her word,” running back Ameer Abdullah said.
As you can see by the above photo, linebackers Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin both kneeled during the playing of the Anthem.
What is not clear is if Martha had spoken to every member of the team regarding the issue.