Matt Stafford's girlfriend endured a series of mean-spirited tweets after defending the Lions quarterback's performance against the Giants on Sunday.
The Lions hosted the New York Giants in Detroit on Sunday, and needed a win to keep their hopes of winning the NFC North alive. However, a combination of shoddy quarterback play from Stafford and questionable playcalling allowed the Giants to hang around just long enough to push the game to overtime, ultimately capturing a 23-20 win that eliminated the Lions from playoff contention.
Detroit fans were particularly critical of Stafford, who failed to record a touchdown and threw two key interceptions in the loss. The crowd’s booing grew so loud that Stafford’s girlfriend, former University of Georgia cheerleader Kelly Hall, took to Twitter to criticize Lions fans.
“You wouldn't even know we were playing at home the way these fans are booing our home team. #Unbelievable,” Hall wrote. Unfortunately, Stafford’s girlfriend’s tweet caught the attention of several Lions fans, many of whom responded in creative (and insulting) ways.
The response of one Lions fan, who goes by the Twitter handle @DetroitKoolAid, was so popular that it went viral. “You wouldn't know Stafford played for the Lions the way he keeps throwing to the other team,” the fan wrote to Hall. By Monday, the tweet had received over 500 retweets and nearly 900 “favorites.”
Several other Lions fans weighed in by congratulating @DetroitKoolAid for his response, and by levying criticism on Stafford’s girlfriend. “Real s---. Stafford is the most inconsistent QB in the league,” one fan wrote. “Look at the meltdown from the team, how can you blame the fans? I mean, seriously,” another person tweeted. The rest of the reactions to Hall's tweet can be viewed here.
This isn’t the first time that Hall’s social media activity has gone viral. In August, Hall posted a video to her Instagram account in which she demonstrated “drunk modeling” while vacationing in Costa Rica, garnering attention from several news outlets in the process.