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  1. #1 Martha Ford asked Lions not to kneel, promised to back players' agenda 
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    In a team meeting last week, Lions owner promised to donate money to whatever cause players chose if they did not kneel for the national anthem

    Days after linking arms with players during the singing of the national anthem, Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford asked her team not to kneel for the playing of the song during a team meeting last week.

    In exchange for finding a different way to protest racial injustices around the country, Ford said she would be willing to donate both money and her name to community issues at the heart of the players' cause.

    “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."
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    Martha Ford is a tough, smart old woman. I defended her to some of my friends on facebook-she took over the team because WC Ford (I'm not sure if he's her son, grandson or nephew) was not producing results after running the team for decades. She's a 90+ year old woman who tools around Ford Field in a scooter, checking on the players during practice, handling the business end of it deftly, and is just a great example for women everywhere, leadership-wise.

    The Lions are off to a 3-1 start, and the one loss was a close heartbreaker to the Falcons. Rumor has it that Martha wants a championship before she dies, and that is why she is taking such personal interest in every aspect of the franchise. I hope she gets one. Detroit would have such a huge party if the Lions ever won a championship.
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