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 appropriate for lots of people to do plenty of silly issues.”
Curry’s response to the Jaguars present of defiance Sunday — the primary workforce within the nation to take the sector after President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks Friday night time slamming NFL gamers who stage protests in the course of the anthem — holds off on criticizing both aspect immediately. The battle between NFL gamers and Trump pits a few of Curry’s loyalties towards each other. Unusually, Curry didn’t remark or tweet something concerning the Jaguars surprisingly robust forty four-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Because the anthem performed Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, no less than 15 Jaguars gamers, together with some breakouts like Leonard Fournette, took a knee. Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan and the remainder of the group, together with the coaches and coaching employees, locked arms in a present of unity to protest Trump’s remarks.
Much more hanging have been Khan’s feedback taking Trump head on: “We’ve got numerous work to do and we will do it, however the feedback made by the president make it more durable. That’s why it was necessary for us, and personally for me, to point out the world that even when we might differ at occasions, we will and ought to 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 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 best for lots of people to do a whole lot of silly issues. I’m a Constitutional Conservative, so I respect the knowledge of our Founders.”
Khan is a frequent donor to Republican candidates, although he supported former Mayor Alvin Brown, a Democrat, through the 2015 election. Curry gained that race, and Khan has since develop into a serious political donor to Curry.
Khan can also be probably the most essential figures in Jacksonville financial improvement. He’s at present in talks with metropolis officers on a plan for a serious improvement at Metropolitan Park and the Shipyards on downtown’s riverfront.