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Detroit Lions players react to LeBron James signing with the Lakers

How does Darius Slay—a LeBron hater and Lakers fan—feel about LeBron’s decision to play in LA?

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One thing people tend to overlook about NFL athletes is that they are fans, too. If you follow closely, you’ll see Detroit Lions players live-tweeting NBA games, attending NHL games or spitting out fire takes on social media about their favorite teams.

So when news as monstrous as LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers hits the media cycle, players around the league are going to react, and Detroit Lions players were no different Sunday night.

The reactions varied from ecstacy to depression to acceptance. Here’s a sampling of how Lions fans were feeling Sunday evening.

First, there’s Darius Slay. Slay is a self-described “LeBron hater,” but he loves the Lakers franchise because Kobe Bryant is his idol. Naturally, he was pretty conflicted when the news hit:

New Lions offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins was more to the point:

Ameer Abdullah, on the other hand, is a huge Lakers fan and was stunting all Sunday night:

He also took to Instagram and posted a story in which he said the following with a big grin on his face:

“I feel like I have to say this now before I see all of you Lakers fans coming out of the woodwork. If you ain’t stay down with the purple and gold gang through the hard times, I don’t want to see you now. I don’t want to see you now. LeBron, let’s go, baby!”

Jamal Agnew, a SoCal native, was also hyped:

Quandre Diggs is a big LeBron fan, so he’s just happy to be accepted by Lakers fans:

Of course, LeBron still has his doubters. Enter Kerryon Johnson:

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