By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A man had to be escorted from the Detroit Lions’ minicamp after approaching a field and shouting as players and coaches were practicing.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Fighting for Inclusion, Detroit's Place in Civil Rights History
The man went past an unlocked gate Tuesday and approached the field, at one point yelling “Yo, 59!”
Team employees prevented him from getting closer as he continued to scream toward the coaches and players, and many of them seemed to be unaware of the disturbance toward the end of the practice.
“I saw some commotion over here,” Lions punter Sam Martin said. “I said, ‘What just happened over there?’ I wish I would’ve seen that. I saw them walking out with somebody, but I didn’t know it was a reporter or something.”READ MORE: Karen Carter, and Others Metro Detroiters Chipped In To Help Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Radiothon
The man was guided down a path toward the parking lot at the team headquarters in Allen Park, Michigan.
“Why you grabbing me?” the man asked, sounding agitated as he did throughout the brief ordeal. “Why you touching me?”
Team spokesman Bill Keenist says the man was escorted off the premises, declining further comment.MORE NEWS: Granholm Confirmed By Senate To Be Next Energy Secretary