Jaguars president apologizes for team's demonstrations
The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the National Anthem in London last month, according to USA Today.
Before the game, most of the team's players, as well as the team's owner, locked arms for the National Anthem; about a dozen players took a knee.
On Oct. 6, 2017, Jaguars' president, Mark Lamping, wrote a letter apologizing to the director of military affairs and veterans saying that the team was "remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the National Anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on men and women who have or continue to serve our country." He said that it was "an oversight" and was "certainly not intended to send a message that would disparage you, our flag or our nation."
A day after the game in London, mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, called it "stupid" to not stand for the National Anthem. "I stand and cover my heart for the pledge and the anthem. I think it's stupid to do otherwise. The U.S. Constitution protects the right for a lot of people to do a lot of stupid things. I am a Constitutional Conservative, so I respect the wisdom of our Founders," he said.
Fans of the Jaguars have expressed major anger on social media sites, and some vowed to never go to another game. Others showed support for the kneeling.