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Confused fans rip Garth Brooks for wearing 'Sanders' jersey

Garth Brooks stirred controversy online by honoring an NFL legend.
Garth Brooks accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

DETROIT (AP/WTHR) — Leave it to the internet to interpret Garth Brooks wearing a Barry Sanders jersey during a recent concert in Detroit as a political endorsement of a certain liberal presidential candidate.

The more than 70,000 fans who attended the country music star’s Feb. 22 show at Ford Field understood it was a tribute to one of greatest NFL running backs and Detroit Lions players ever.

After Brooks posted a photo on social media of himself wearing the jersey with “Sanders” and “20” on the back, annoyed fans ripped him in the comment sections, believing he was endorsing Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Sanders didn't miss a beat, offering Brooks a spot on his political ticket.

"Hey @garthbrooks, want to be my VP? #Number20for2020," the Hall of Famer tweeted.

Minutes later, Brooks accepted the fictional offer.

"Hey @BarrySanders I would run any race with you! #Number20for2020 HA!!! love you pal, g," he wrote.