By Grace Vasquez
As the NFL owners met today to determine what can be done to meet the social issue concerns of the players protest while still respecting the national anthem, the flag, the military and fans who have now tuned out the games over the protest, one Florida team is apologizing, sort of.
The Jacksonville Jaguars apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month. The team kneeled and locked arms during the national anthem but stood up for “God Save The Queen.”
The Sun Herald reports a letter dated, Oct. 6th, Jaguars President Mark Lamping wrote to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville Bill Span saying the team was “remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country.” In the letter just forwarded Monday, Lamping went on to say “This was an oversight and certainly not intended to send a message that would disparage you, our flag or our nation.” The letter was also forwarded to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry via email.
Jacksonville is home to a major Navy base and tends to lean Republican, so many fans expressed anger on social media sites and vowed never to attend another Jaguars game while others praised team owner Shad Khan for siding with his players.
Meanwhile, the team can’t even give tickets away as attendance is at it’s lowest but team officials say they aren’t sure if it has to do with the anthem protests or the team continuous losing record.
I’ll say it’s probably a little of both but the protests makes it that much easier to forget a team or even watch a sport. I haven’t watched one football game this season because of the protest and I’m a Dallas Cowboy fan.Like many other football fans its America first, football…not even on the radar any longer. ~grace