Former NFL wide receiver Jace Billingsley is not the first and it seems unlikely he will be the last to call out the Detroit Lions for their treatment of players.
Billingsley, who is now focused on his music career, recently released a music video which just so happens to include an image of Lions GM Bob Quinn and team president Rod Wood with clown noses.
Billingsley recently spoke with Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about the video and what prompted the clown photo.
“I don’t think Bob and Rod are bad people,” Billingsley said in a text message. “But I don’t agree with a lot of the ways they ran the organization. I believe they tried to have too much control over the coaches and players, and I think they make many decisions that have their own interests prioritized over what is best for the team.”
“I didn’t want anyone to think I was talking about like my teammates or anything like that, because that’s definitely not what I was going by, cause teammates were amazing and all that,” Billingsley said. “Someone else kind of came up with that idea, said they saw it done before. I was like, might as well run from it. I don’t like bashing people and I’m not necessarily trying to bash those guys, but I don’t agree with a lot of the way that they treat the players.
“I mean, I don’t want to get misquoted as saying I don’t know something, but I just think that they could have conducted their business a little better. But it is a business, and that’s part of it, so I guess maybe I’m taking more of a shot at just how the fact that football becomes a business and it’s not a sport where everyone’s playing as a team. So that was part of that reason.”
“I’m not trying to bash these guys too bad, they just, they’re doing what they do but it just, there’s a lot of deceit in it,” Billingsley said, adding, “I think overall it’s more about just people that take business over the top and prioritize that over other things that are actually meaningful.”