When the controversy first started, Ford issued a statement saying that she stands by the players who choose to kneel. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, during a team meeting last week, Lions owner Martha Ford asked players to stand during the national anthem. However, the request didn't come without incentive: she said that, in exchange, she'd donate her money and name to community issues chosen by the players.

The Lions have not publicly commented on this yet, but running back running back Ameer Abdullah has spoken about it to the DFP.

To me, it sounds like Mrs. Ford just wants to take back control of the situation that began a couple of weeks ago with a comment from President Trump.

Colin Kaepernick had started the kneeling revolution over a year ago to protest social injustices against African American men, but the public outrage really exploded after the President's speech.

What do you think?