Jaguars apologize for ‘not comprehending effect of national anthem demonstration' in London

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PDF: Read the letter the Jaguars sent to the city of Jacksonville 

The President of the Jacksonville Jaguars sent a letter to the city of Jacksonville apologizing for the team’s kneeling during the national anthem during the Sept. 24 game in London. 

The letter, dated Oct. 6, said the team was "remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has on the men and women who continue to serve our country." 


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The letter, written by Mark Lamping and addressed to Bill Spann, the Director of Military Affairs for the City of Jacksonville, goes on to say "today, we can understand how the events in London could have been viewed or misinterpreted. We owe you an apology and hope you will accept it." 

Before their game against the Ravens, around a dozen Jaguars players kneeled during the national anthem. The move came days after President Donald Trump suggested that players who knelt during the national anthem should be cut from the team. 

Some Jaguars fans were angered over the move, with one fan man destroying his Jaguars gear and another flying a plane above EverBank Field asking fans to boycott the Jaguars and the NFL.   

The Jaguars, 3-3 on the season, have a game at division rival Indianapolis on Sunday. Their next home game is Nov. 5 vs. Cincinnati. 

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