Lions’ Spence: Anthem protest cost his father work

Justin Rogers

Allen Park — One of the Detroit Lions players who took a knee during the national anthem last Sunday is claiming his protest is negatively impacting his family.

According to a tweet from defensive tackle Akeem Spence, his father was denied work because of his son’s protest.

Some Lions players, including Akeem Spence (center), kneel and others stand, arm in arm, during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Falcons.

“Got some awful news from my father,” Spence wrote. “A contractor deny giving him a job on doing a house because of my peaceful protest.”

Spence’s father, Floyd Spence, runs Spence Concrete Contractors in Navarre, Fla.

Spence signed with the Lions as a free agent this offseason. Through the first three games, he’s recorded three tackles.

He was one of eight Lions players to take a knee before the game, part of a league-wide response to comments made by president Donald Trump early that week.