Fans rip singer Garth Brooks for "Sanders" jersey, mistaking Bernie for Barry
DETROIT (AP) — Leave it to the internet to interpret Garth Brooks wearing a Barry Sanders jersey during a concert in Detroit as a political endorsement of liberal presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The more than 70,000 fans who attended the country music star’s Feb. 22 show at Ford Field understood it for what it was: a tribute to one of greatest NFL running backs and Detroit Lions players ever.
Brooks told the audience that he donned Barry Sanders’ No. 20 jersey to pay homage to him since they both went to Oklahoma State University.
“I was lucky to go to school with him,” Brooks said. “You guys got the greatest player in NFL history, in my opinion, in this jersey. I love this man.”
After the show, Brooks posted a photo on social media of himself wearing the jersey, which has “Sanders” and “20” emblazoned on the back. That’s where the trouble started.
Annoyed fans ripped Brooks in the comment sections under the photo, believing he was endorsing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the self-proclaimed democratic socialist’s 2020 presidential campaign.
“I had no idea you were a big freaking liberal socialist! I’ve listened to your songs for the last time!” one person wrote.
Others, though, pointed out the apparent confusion over Brooks’ post or made fun of those who read too much into it.
“How much did KFC pay you to wear this?” a commenter wrote, referring to another famous Sanders: Colonel.