Detroit police honor Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

In a time where domestic violence has been a problem for the NFL, the Lions’ brass has said repeatedly that the team won’t employ such offenders.

Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford received an honor for the team’s stance as the Detroit Police Department gave her the “Zero Tolerance Award” on Monday at its “Women in Blue” ceremony.

Ford received the award because of her “commitment to stopping domestic violence and changing the culture in the NFL,” according to a news release. The release cites Ford’s zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence and dangerous weapons, two things general manager Bob Quinn said in January he wouldn’t tolerate from players.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig presented Ford the award at Detroit Athletic Club on Monday morning. Sen. Debbie Stabenow was also in attendance.

Even before Quinn’s pronouncement, though, the Lions had the same practice in recent years under general manager Martin Mayhew. Coach Jim Caldwell also has said he has no tolerance for domestic violence, one reason the team was never interested in running back Ray Rice and why the team cut offensive lineman Rodney Austin last year before his case progressed through the legal system.