Garth Brooks trolled online for wearing 'Sanders' football jersey

Garth Brooks performs onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Rick Diamond / Getty Images

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Garth Brooks’ decision to wear a football jersey at his Detroit show last weekend sparked accidental trolling online from those who thought he was supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

The country music star shared a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a top that read “Sanders” and the number 20. While the jersey was a reference to former Detroit Lions player Barry Sanders, who was honoured during the concert, some of his followers thought he was pledging his backing for Sanders.

“Good grief,” one user commented. “Can’t you just do what you get paid to do ???? Why why why does it have to involve politics !!! So sad. We don’t pay good money for anything other than to watch you perform. Thought you were different.”

Another wrote: “Lost some respect w that jersey”, while a third added, “If this is for Bernie Sanders, I’m done with you. I thought you were a true American that loves Our Country?”

Others urged the trolls to get their facts straight, with one commenting: “I’m going out on a limb here… he’s a football fan and it’s a Barry Sanders jersey. CRAZY I know.”

“Oh Lord help me. Barry Sanders! Barry Sanders! Detroit Lions! Football Jersey! Google! Use it!,” another wrote.