‘Detroit Rams’ jerseys spark controversy in Michigan

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on January 03, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) — When Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford takes the field in Sunday’s Super Bowl, tens of thousands of fans will cheer him on from Michigan. Some of these fans will wear “Detroit Rams” shirts. No kidding.

Stafford left Detroit for LA after 12 seasons and still has plenty of support up north. How many? According to The Detroit News.

Clips of exposed shirts went viral on social media with mixed reactions from Twitter users. While some thought it was a great sign of support for Stafford, others felt the shirts were embarrassing — Detroit has its own NFL team, after all.

The owner of the store, located just outside Detroit, called the Rams’ reworked gear a “hot item.”

“We received them yesterday and they flew off the shelves,” John Yu, owner of Pro Sports Zone in Livonia, told Detroit News.

The blue t-shirts, produced by an online company called The D Line, include a logo similar to that of the Detroit Lions, with the lion altered to look like a ram. Sellers have also slapped the logo on shirts, hoodies, tank tops, and just about every other item you can imagine.

With all the extra attention on social media and beyond, The D line expects to sell hundreds of items before kick-off on Sunday.

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