by: Danae Leake, Action News Jax Updated:
UPDATE: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is responding to Jacksonville Jaguars' and several other NFL team's protests during Sunday's games.
Curry said he thinks it's stupid not to 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 US 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. However, I am focused on storm recovery, public safety and making Jacksonville a great city.” – Mayor Lenny Curry
Many football fans were emotional when several NFL teams, including the Jaguars, took a knee and locked arms during the national anthem before their games in response to President Donald Trump’s comments regarding NFL protests.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement during the Ravens-Jaguars game in London. In it, he said he expressed his support for his team and called Trump's remarks "devisive" and "contentious."
Trump's comments that spurred controversy started Friday during a rally in Alabama where he remarked on the ongoing trend of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired,'" Trump said.
During the national anthem at the Ravens-Jaguars game, several players took a knee while others, including Khan, linked arms with one another.
An outpouring of responses from fans came in following the bold display.
Some fans feel that the players are disrespecting the American flag, and others say the military isn't the cause of Sunday's NFL protests.
Other fans say they are refusing to attend and support any more Jaguars games.
Other NFL teams took similar stands before their games, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which the entire team, except for left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, stayed in the tunnel during the "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Since the string of protests, President Trump insisted on Sunday that his opposition to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race," but has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest the treatment of black people by police.
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