Michigan native and Green Bay Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang is having some fun at the expense of his hometown Detroit Lions.
After a busy Wednesday in which the Lions signed running back Reggie Bush, safety Glover Quin and defensive lineman Jason Jones, Lang joked about the Packers’ division rival.
“So do the lions get hats and t shirts for winning the off season NFC north title?,” Lang posted on his Twitter account.
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It was clearly all in good fun, but some Lions fans apparently didn’t take it too well.
One person tweeted Lang to ask: “Do you get tshirts and hats for getting knocked out (of the playoffs) early twice?” Lang’s response: “No, but I do have this,” followed by a picture of his Super Bowl ring from the 2010 season.
“Man people sure do get worked up over some football jokes!,” Lang tweeted soon after.
Lang is no stranger to causing an uproar with one of his tweets. The first time it happened, though, Lang was not joking. The Packers were on the losing end of the “Inaccurate Reception” call against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 of the 2012 season after the replacement referees had their most infamous moment. One of Lang’s expletive-filled Twitter posts toward the referees and the NFL became the most retweeted item in Twitter history (though Lang was later surpassed by President Obama and Justin Bieber).
“Tonight is a first for me.. Getting people riled up with PG rated tweets,” Lang tweeted this time around.
Unlike the Lions’ busy start to free agency, the Packers — as usual under general manager Ted Thompson — have been quiet so far. Thompson hasn’t made a significant free-agent signing since 2006 when Green Bay added cornerback Charles Woodson.