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:
♂️ bron to my lakers damn lol.... well welcome to a real franchise bron✊— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) July 2, 2018
New Lions offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins was more to the point:
— Kenny Wiggins (@KennyWiggins60) July 2, 2018
Ameer Abdullah, on the other hand, is a huge Lakers fan and was stunting all Sunday night:
@KingJames thank you!— Ameer Abdullah (@Ameerguapo) July 2, 2018
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:
LAKESHOW— Mal (@jamalagnew) July 2, 2018
I’m hyped— Mal (@jamalagnew) July 2, 2018
Quandre Diggs is a big LeBron fan, so he’s just happy to be accepted by Lakers fans:
I appreciate my Laker friends for accepting me as a proud LEBRON FAN!!— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 2, 2018
When are they going to start selling @KingJames jersey? I’m showing up to camp in that!!— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 2, 2018
Of course, LeBron still has his doubters. Enter Kerryon Johnson:
Lebron to the lakers??? Warriors in 3— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) July 2, 2018