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Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence Says Father Was Denied Work Due To His Anthem Protest

Spence took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday.

This afternoon, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence claimed his protest before last weekend's game against the Atlanta Falcons has had a harmful effect on a family member.

Spence was one of eight Lions players who kneeled for the anthem, along with running back Ameer Abdullah, linebackers Tahir Whitehead, Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and defensive linemen Cornelius Washington, A'Shawn Robinson and Jeremiah Ledbetter.

Today on Twitter, Spence said his father was denied a contracting job because of his son's stance.

The Detroit Free-Press attempted to contact Spence's father, but said he did not return a voicemail.

Meanwhile, Akeem Spence was unable to expound on his father's situation because he tweeted about it after the Lions' open media availability, according to ESPN.

We will update you if further details emerge.