Before the Ravens-Jaguars game in London on Sept. 24, several members of the Jaguars kneeled during the national anthem and then stood for "God Save the Queen." The Jaguars' demonstration came two days after Donald Trump advocated for teams to fire players who kneel during the anthem. The Jaguars certainly weren't alone in their response to Trump's inflammatory comments. But the Jaguars still apologized for their actions. In a letter to Bill Spann -- Jacksonville's director of military affairs -- Jaguars president Mark Lamping apologized for kneeling during the anthem on foreign soil. The letter, which you can see here via ESPN, was dated Oct. 6. The letter was first reported and obtained by First Coast News. Here's the paragraph in which Spann apologizes, via ESPN: "It bears repeating that we were 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 events in London on September 24 could have been viewed or misinterpreted. We owe you an apology and hope you will accept it." According to ESPN's Michael DiRocco, Lamping -- along with Tom Coughlin and owner Shad Khan -- met with Spann and local military representatives on Oct. 5 to discuss the protest.
Jaguars president apologizes for kneeling during national anthem in London
CBS Sports | Oct 18