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49ers defenseman makes allegations about Lions’ Dan Skipper

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Detroit Lions reserve offensive lineman Dan Skipper enjoyed a fantastic weekend clinching a win on his first career start, but as a new week started, he was called out by another NFL player.

While Skipper only played in 14 career games with one impending start last weekend, San Francisco 49ers defenseman Arik Armstead is calling out Skipper because he appears to have a racist past.

As NFL reporter Dov Kleiman tweeted, Armstead claimed in a post that Skipper had previously used racial slurs on the field and wondered why people were “cheering for racists.”

49ers DE Arik Armstead accuses Lions OT Dan Skipper of calling players the ‘N-word’ in multiple games and being a ‘racist’, Kleiman tweeted.

“So we’re cheering for racists now? Called the N-word to multiple players in games,” Armstead wrote in the post.

His contribution, of course, related to the Lions’ post-game celebration, where the team gathered around Skipper and cheered him on after their win over Washington. Playing offensive guard in a reserve role, Skipper did well for Detroit, earning him an honor from Dan Campbell.

Armstead, in fairness to point out, may have used it lots of insults his own in the past on twittersomething fans were step into the limelight after a deeper dive. It certainly proves that there could be a broader problem in the NFL when it comes to hate speech.

Whether anything will come of this remains to be seen, but for now it remains a claim.

Skipper was dropped from camp again this year, which has been a recurring theme throughout his career. It’s something that spurred him on to work hard and never give up on his dream.

As he told the media after the game, it’s been a frustrating journey up to that point, culminating in another cut in 2022.

“It’s my sixth year in the league, I’ve never made a team. It’s tough. You’re just never good enough. you are not quite enough You show up every day thinking you’re doing the right thing, and for some reason it doesn’t quite work out,” he said. “I think I’ve had 20 NFL contracts, they’re not worth the paper they’re written on. It’s like ‘Here we go again’, sixth year, I think things are looking good, it sucks.”

Instead, Skipper didn’t give up and stuck with it. He stayed with the Detroit Practice Squad, earned his chance and then owned it when he got the call. Because of this, he received a lot of support from the Detroit fan base.

Up to this point, Skipper was a journeyman in the league and hadn’t played much. There were Questions about whether he and Armstead shared the field in a game and what sort of allegations exist.

Of course, all this will be clarified in the future.

Up to this point, Skipper hasn’t had much success in the NFL or played in many games in his career.

Skipper was an undrafted free agent from Arkansas in 2017, so he undoubtedly has a good relationship with Detroit center Frank Ragnow, who is out injured. Ragnow is a fellow Razorback and his and Skipper’s time in Fayetteville overlapped during his college days. Skipper also joined the team in 2019 where he briefly played for the Lions.

Skipper began his career with the Dallas Cowboys but quickly signed with the Lions. He previously played in Detroit and was a Lions roster in 2017 and 2018. After spending that time with the Lions, he was snapped up by the New England Patriots, where he managed to be on the practice team for the team that captured Super Bowl LII.

At 6-9, Skipper is one of the tallest players in the NFL, which is why teams value his tools on offense. With a body of this size, he can move and serve as a key blocker, which he did. Here’s Skipper at work in college:

It’s likely Skipper will have to remain a key piece for the Detroit line this season with all of the injuries, so time will tell if anything happens as a result of that allegation.

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Skipper was an undrafted free agent from Arkansas in 2017, so he undoubtedly has a good relationship with Detroit center Frank Ragnow, who is out injured. Ragnow is a fellow Razorback and his and Skipper’s time in Fayetteville overlapped during his college days. Skipper also joined the team in 2019 where he briefly played for the Lions.



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