Jacksonville Jaguars president Mark Lamping has apologized to the city of Jacksonville’s director of military affairs chief for several players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem in their game against the Baltimore Ravens in London back in September.
Bill Spann, the city’s director of military affairs and veterans department, received a letter from Lamping on October 6th stating that the organization did not fully consider the furor that would result from those actions.
The entire Jaguars team stood for ‘God Save the Queen’.
Spann forwarded the letter to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Monday afternoon (h/t ESPN).
“It bears repeating that we were in remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration occurring on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country,” Lamping wrote. “Similarly, we today can better appreciate how standing for God Save The Queen may have been viewed negatively by our armed forces here in Jacksonville and beyond. As covered during our conversation on Thursday, this was an oversight and certainly not intended to send a message that would disparage you, our flag or our nation. The notion never entered the minds of our players or anyone affiliated with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but today we can understand how the evens in London on September 24 could have been viewed or misinterpreted. We owe you an apology and hope you will accept it.”
The league, NFLPA representatives and team owners are meeting this week to discuss anthem protests and whether the league will implement a rule mandating that all players stand during the anthem.
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Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.
Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator
With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.
Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.
The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.
Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career
“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.
“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”
Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
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