Garth Brooks caused quite a stir by donning a Barry Sanders jersey for a recent show in Detroit, Mich.

Social media users who clearly aren’t familiar with the football great mistook the country superstar’s wardrobe choice for a political statement, posting angry comments on Brooks’ photo and going viral in the process.

According to MLive, Brooks performed at Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday night (Feb. 22) wearing a Detroit Lions jersey with Sanders’ name and number (No. 20) on the back.

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“I was lucky enough to be an athlete and to wear the same uniform as this guy wore in college. I was lucky to go to school with him,” Brooks shared with the crowd in Detroit (both Brooks and Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, went to college at Oklahoma State University).

Now Barry has responded. 

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