The Detroit Lions Hall of Fame ceremony for legendary receiver Calvin Johnson didn’t quite go as the franchise had planned. During halftime of the team’s Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Lions planned to honor Johnson and present him with his Hall of Fame ring.
Everything started off smoothly, as a highlight package played on the big screens while Johnson took the field to a chorus of cheers—the loudest of the day. After an opening speech from a Hall of Fame representative, Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp took the podium, and that’s when things went awry.
Ford Hamp attempted to speak, but she was barely audible because the Ford Field crowd drowned her with boos. At first, Ford Hamp let out an awkward smile, but as the boos continued, she tried to power through the speech. Lions fans did not relent, as she raced through the rest of her speech.
Eventually, Johnson took the podium but only gave a brief, 30-second speech before the ceremony was over. In it, Johnson did take the opportunity to thank the city of Detroit and express some hope for the future.
“I love y’all,” Johnson said. “I love the energy y’all bring every Sunday. I miss you guys, and I look forward to great things here in Detroit.”
Here’s the moment Ford Hamp took the podium.