Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry — a Trump-supporting Republican dedicated to soccer usually and the Jaguars particularly — stated it’s “silly” to not stand through the nationwide anthem, however that the “U.S. Structure protects the best for lots of people to do a whole lot of silly issues.”
Curry’s response to the Jaguars present of defiance Sunday — the primary group within the nation to take the sector after President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks Friday night time slamming NFL gamers who stage protests through the anthem — holds off on criticizing both aspect instantly.
The battle between NFL gamers and Trump pits a few of Curry’s loyalties towards each other. Unusually, Curry, who attended the workforce’s recreation in London on Sunday, didn’t remark or tweet something following the Jaguars surprisingly robust forty four-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Because the anthem performed Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, at the least 15 Jaguars gamers, together with some breakouts like Leonard Fournette, knelt. Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan and the remainder of the workforce, together with coaches and coaching employees, locked arms in a present of unity to protest Trump’s remarks.
Much more putting have been Khan’s feedback taking Trump head on: “We’ve plenty of work to do and we will do it, however the feedback made by the president make it more durable. That’s why it was essential for us, and personally for me, to point out the world that even when we might differ at occasions, we will and must be united within the effort to develop into higher as individuals and a nation.”
Curry attended the sport in London, and made the journey abroad and again on a aircraft together with the Jaguars gamers.
“I stand and canopy my coronary heart for the pledge and the anthem,” he stated in a press release Monday morning. “I feel it’s silly to do in any other case. The U.S. Structure protects the proper for lots of people to do numerous silly issues. I’m a Constitutional Conservative, so I respect the knowledge of our Founders.”
Curry’s assertion, offered to the Occasions-Union in response to questions concerning the difficulty, sidesteps the extra controversial elements of Trump’s statements. The president demanded that NFL house owners hearth or droop gamers who fail to face for the nationwide anthem. Curry additionally held again on criticizing the Jaguars as a lot or as immediately as some residents, lots of whom teed off on their native workforce on social media Sunday.
Khan is a frequent donor to Republican candidates, although he supported former…