Lions Fans Protest Refs With Billboard After Loss to Packers

There now is a billboard in Detroit showing a ref wearing a cheese hat.

97.1 The Ticket
October 17, 2019 - 8:33 am

The loss the Detroit Lions suffered Monday night to the Green Bay Packers, with help from the referees, isn't as bad as the one the New Orleans Saints had to go through when they lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game.

But Detroit fans seem to be taking the loss just as bad. 

There now is a billboard in Detroit showing a ref wearing a cheese hat in protest of the 23-22 loss.

The Lions' loss has become the center of controversy for the NFL after two hands-to-the-face penalties were called against Lions defensive end Trey Flowers on third downs, despite replay showing that his hands were not near the Packers' offensive lineman's face. Both penalties extended Green Bay drives and led to points for the Packers.

There was also a no-call on what appeared to be defensive pass intereference on the Packers, — but the Lions did not challenge the play — as well as a questionable unnecessary roughness call on Lions defensive back Tracy Walker that resulted in a Packers field goal.  

This isn't the first time billboards have appeared in Detroit following controversial officiating decisions or free-agent departures involving the Lions, either. Courtney Richards, a spokesperson for Outfront Media, told this is from is the same group of anonymous Lions fans who leased billboards in 2015. 

Three times in a 12-month span, billboards were leased from Outfront to protest calls, according to Richards.

Those billboards read "Blind to the bat," with officials wearing sunglasses, as well as "$uh" and "SCRUHED" after former Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh opted to sign with the Miami Dolphins in free agency.

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