Eminem raps about AAF, drops subtle request for a team in Detroit

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Eminem walks on the sidelines at Ford Field for a Lions game last September.

What does Eminem do when his beloved Detroit Lions are in the offseason?

Apparently, he likes to lose himself in some AAF — the Alliance of American Football, the new professional league that's drawing some mighty impressive television ratings early in its inaugural season.

Eminem, the Metro Detroit megastar and rapper, sent out a tweet Monday night that went viral, in which he advocates for the league to allow players to fight ("key to the league's success, like hockey"), and drops a subtle plea for a team in Detroit.

Cute, he signs the tweet, "SINCERELY, MARSHALL".

The tweet had been liked more than 70,000 times as of Tuesday morning.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, got a pretty quick response from Charlie Ebersol, the league's CEO and co-founder who seemed to like the idea of a Detroit franchise.

"Let me know if you want in on it," Ebersol tweeted.

The AAF is made up of eight teams, only one of which is located in a city that also has an NFL team — the Atlanta Legends.

The season is to run 10 regular-season weeks, having begun in early February.

It's one of two new professional football leagues to pop up in recent years, with the second incarnation of the XFL — Vince McMahon's brain child, which was a huge financial flop the first time around — set to begin play next year. The XFL considered Detroit for one of its eight franchises, but city leaders didn't make a hard sell for one.

Eminem, 46, makes frequent appearances at Lions games, often on the sidelines.


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