via Instagram @DavidDoptis

A racist Detroit Lions fan will no longer be a season tickets holder. Before the Lions first game, David Doptis decided to racially shame two Black fans at Ford Field.

According to WXYZ, Doptis took a Snapchat photo of the Black fans who were sitting during the national anthem. Doptis was apparently upset and viewed their sitting as a form of protest. “You wana[sic] sit down for the national anthem? You don’t like our country then get tge[sic] f—k outtt[sic].” The caption on the photo read, “Ignorant n—s.” After the post was uploaded to Facebook, it eventually went viral.

Doptis initially lied and claimed that he did not post the photo and told reporters that he didn’t know where it came from. However, the posts appeared on two of his social media handles. Doptis finally decided to tell the truth when he was questioned by team officials.

Once he admitted to the offense, team officials decided to revoke Doptis’ season tickets. In a statement that said, “A core component of our guest conduct policy is the expectation that all fans are respectful and considerate to each other regardless of their personal beliefs or differences.”

Doptis’ actions reveal how we live in a society where a racist can be your next door neighbor or the fan who sits next to you at a football game. The same person who will cheer for Black athletes to score a touchdown could be the same person who seeks to keep Blacks and other minorities as second-class citizens.

Jim Caldwell, who is one of seven Black head coaches in the NFL, shared his thoughts on Doptis’ racist post on social media.

“We do have a fan behavior standard, a code of standards, and I think, without question, our organization followed up, found out who the individual was and he no longer has season tickets in our stadium. I think it was handled appropriately, and those things happen sometimes,” Caldwell said.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • britishrose

    why are we surprised, ? its sad if you are ? he is a classic case of what has been going on with whites for 500 years of slavery .. we as blacks need to stop giving passes and tuneing out racist like him, im glad the NFL taught him a lesson for the rest of them to know to be real dam careful, thats million of white fans who will hed the warning. they love their football and basketball games , so this will stick them right in the right vein .. we have done nothing to deserve the blantant evil in america history with whites , they came to america as immigrants too america belong to the native americans why white still fighting us over land they stole is beyond me .. i glad black folks dont have the history of being the most ruthless thieves in history of the world , then when they couldnt afford the upkeep of the land who did they slave to crop fields ?? africans , they went to africa and told the kings and leader they needed labor and they would pay for it yes africans sold us but once we became americans we deserved due respect for building this country . we cut trees build shelter feed their families and beat like a bloody dog hung like a smoked turkey , and disrepected and yet we still afraid to stand up their their ignorant beliefs? only way to get them to listen is to band together , we are the economy , mexicans are too , we will stand togehter and shut them down

    • servo75

      Oooh more race-baiting from the radical left. Yes EVERY problem that ANY black faces in our society must be due to some racist white patriarchy. This has NOTHING at all to do with slavery. What that fan said was despicable but what you are doing is far worse, trying to play the race card and just make assumptions that whites are all racist slavery sympathizers. We have a word for that… racism (and don’t give me that ‘blacks can’t be racist’ bullshit).

      As bad as what that fan said, we have something called a First Amendment and to have his season tickets revoked for having an unpopular opinion is the first step toward the fascism that groups like “Black Lives Matter” CLAIM to be fighting. Slavery was a terrible thing, but newsflash, it’s been over for 150 years. But I guess you just can’t move on from that. I feel bad for you because instead of accepting that it’s time to move on and start accepting responsibility for your own actions and culture, you insist that every ill that blacks face must be the fault of white racism. Sad, really sad.

    • sneakers2

      There is an entire continent that would suit you. Relocate!!

  • Mike Gee

    These idiots are filming and talking while the anthem is playing so what’s the difference? Just say you were looking for a reason to be a pos racist and be yourself. Coward has dropped out of site, closed his biz and everything..serves you right dummy. Mind your biz and maybe you would still have a life. Lol

  • go_chap

    I am Black and I don’t feel he should be banned. He should have been made to personally apologize to the people he called names though. I think we are going to far with the hypocrisy. While the White fan is being called “racist” we have all White juries comprised of people like him sitting in judgment of Black accused all day. We have judes, prosecutors, police officer, school teachers, etc who all share his views. What are going to do fire them all? Just because they may not tweet it or get caught saying it, all we have to do is look at their actions.

    • April Adams

      That would really show them the cherry on top a personal apology and you also get to keep your tickets an apology with not an ounce of sincerity when are we going to stop accepting the half-ass apologies issued after racist statements are made public by people like him because in actuality the apology is for getting caught not for feeling the way that they do and this case the apology would be to keep those season tickets not because they were sorry for what they did this is not kindergarten little tomfoolery apologies will not make this Behavior change or improve. Every time there is a Miss Justice done to us here comes somebody with the opinion that some insincere apology is going to make it all better every time someone racist post something on their account inappropriate the first thing they do is issue an apology that means zero except for the fact that they are sorry that other people found out that we’re not intended to

    • April Adams

      In fact let’s just hold hands and sing Kumbaya and let them keep their Seasons tickets that’ll make it all better for us right

      • go_chap

        Perhaps unfortunate, there is nothing that Black people can do to stop White racism. Nothing. He used racial epithets. Which White or Black person has none done that? Whatever happened to sticks and stones may break my bones but words would never hurt me? That obviously does not apply to Black people. Because we seem to get hurt and bent out of shape by being called names!! From what I can see he owns a restaurant, perhaps he should have been made to provide some free dinners or something. We should get something out of it!! What does taking away his tickets do for us? Will that really stop racism? Will it stop him from being racist (assuming that he is racist)?

        • Jason

          Yep – free fried chicken to all Blacks. Does that work for you? I think his restaurant should be burned to the ground, but I am what you would call a “militant” negro. As I get older – I now realize why White Supremacy has persisted so long on this planet. Guess what? It ain’t just the White people keeping it going.

        • Guest

          He chose to take the photo of this couple without their permission, use a racial epithet to describe them and display it for the world to see. He should be held accountable for his stupid decisions.

        • sneakers2

          And nothing whites can do to stop black racism!

    • Jason

      Firing them all would be a great start at replacing the system of White Supremacy with a system of justice. Works for me.

      • Yalonda Torealforyouboo Render

        Asshole

        • Jason

          You obviously misposted.

    • Leo

      If that were a black who did that he would have been banned and probably got arrested. I just don’t understand why some black people want to justify what a racist Caucasians do to black people but are quick to speak out against their own.

    • George Dixon

      And this is why we are so disrepected…we so fast to forgive without remorse….spank ass first then forgive…

  • Guest

    Tickets revoked from watching the sorry Detroit Lions play is actually a reward.

  • Leo

    Doptic looks like he’s is of a mixed heritage himself. His name sounds eastern European. And eastern and southern Europeans are heavily mixed with oriental and African blood running through their vein from ancient and modern time, especially from Greek and Roman times. That’s a fact.

  • sneakers2

    But it’s fine to diss the flag, cops, vets???? How hypocritical 🙁

  • 2PoorForAdobeCloud

    I would ask a few questions:

    1) Was the action of sitting for the National Anthem based on race or racial protest, or was there another reason for remaining seated? This is a question critical to understanding the dynamics of the whole issue.

    2) Was that act offensive to other fans (I submit it was to at least one other, based on the existence of the image)?

    3) Were both offensive acts treated equally? If not, why?

    Until we as a nation (that means ALL of us, EVERY group) decide to apply laws and societal expectations equally and without bias, racism (from ALL sides) will never go away. Accepting responsibility for actions is the real issue.

    Oh, and one last question…. did the football team refund the money that Doptis paid for his unused season tickets, or did they keep it?