No word on how the fire started, but it may as well have been ignited by the collective fury of 63,240 Detroit fans livid at seeing what seemed to be a sure win over the Atlanta Falcons snatched from their grasp. Golden Tate appeared to score with eight seconds left, but a review overturned that play and ran the final seconds off the clock to give Atlanta the narrowest possible victory.
When New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out publicly against President Trump over the ongoing spat over NFL players kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" ahead of games, the man who previously called the president a “very good friend” was not alone, as multiple owners are beginning to speak out on the issue. "There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics," Kraft said in a statement tweeted by the Patriots. The champion team's CEO came out against Trump after the president made comments during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday, saying, "Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects
Protests rippling across the NFL on Sunday weren't limited to owners and players taking a knee or locking arms. Rico LaVelle, a Detroit artist who sang the national anthem ahead of the Lions’ game against the Atlanta Falcons, took a knee as he sang the word "brave" and raised his fist at the song's conclusion. His move came as more than 100 players around the NFL used Sunday's games to take a knee, lock arms or simply remain in the locker room to avoid the national anthem altogether. The events on Sunday, in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick's protest against police treatment of African-Americans, were also partly a reaction to President Donald Trump's tweets and comments at an Alabama rally