Detroit’s owner offered something to players so they wouldn’t kneel.
Martha Ford, the owner of the Detroit Lions, reportedly asked players not to kneel for the national anthem before games.
In exchange, the owner promised to donate money and her time to local causes of the players’ choosing with her name attached.
The players were reportedly receptive to her request.
From the Free-Press:
“As a team, we came together, talked to Mrs. Ford, the owners, and we understand the issues for the most part, generally,” running back Ameer Abdullah said. “Me personally, I definitely want to be an aid in growing the social awareness in this country, that it is a race problem in this country.
“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.”
Abdullah was one of eight players to take a knee during the national anthem last week.
Ford linked arms with players, Lions coach Jim Caldwell and her three daughters at Ford Field during last week’s game. She was not on the field for this week’s contest in Minnesota.