The Detroit Lions are in freefall right now, a comprehensive 42-17 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals last night leaving the franchise still searching for their first win this season.
With a 0-5 record at this stage of the campaign, Lions fans can perhaps be forgiven for failing to muster much enthusiasm when visiting Ford Field.
In it together
Not according to Lions star Golden Tate, however. The wide receiver, speaking in the aftermath of Sunday night's game, actually had the bravado to criticize the Detroit fan base for their lack of support.
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Mike Sullivan, the Producer of the Valenti & Foster Show on 97.1 The Ticket, relayed Tate's comments:
Tate and the Lions have given the Detroit faithful little reason for cheer so far in 2015, so it is a little rich for the former Seattle Seahawks star to call out those who pay good money expecting to watch a team that at least looks like they're capable of winning an NFL game.
Although the NFC North team have come within five points of victory in two roads game so far this season, they have been downright awful in front of their home fans.
So, while it is always disappointing to see an NFL stadium virtually empty with plenty of time left on the clock (as shown in the Tweet below), Tate and his teammates may have to at least stay in a game beyond half time before they win back the trust of the fans.
Next up for Detroit is a Ford Field fixture against the Chicago Bears. It remains to be seen whether Tate's rallying call will help see the return of the Lions roar for the game.
Lions fans: Is it right to see a player call out fans when the team is without a win? Did you leave Ford Field early? Have your say in the comments below...