Exclusive: Angry Jacksonville Jaguars fan desecrates team gear, dumps them at EverBank Field entrance
Shortly after all players with the Jacksonville Jaguars knelt or stood with locked arms for the National Anthem while standing for “God Save the Queen,” before Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens played at London’s Wembley Stadium, an irate fan went to Jacksonville’s EverBank Field with a collection of team hats, shirts and jerseys with the team logos cut out and threw them to the pavement in front of the arena’s main gate.
Here are more photos of the Jacksonville Jaguars gear with logos removed:
“We were working at stadium cleaning up and fixing things from Hurricane Irma when we saw this pile of shirts and jerseys and hats,” said a member of the stadium’s maintenance force, who asked Big League Politics to withhold his name because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
“When we got close up to the pile, we saw that all team logos were cut out with scissors,” he said.
A little more than two hours after the fan dumped his desecrated Jaguars gear on the ground, team operations employees came out and took it all away, he said.
The Jaguars protest was notable because it was the first game played after President Donald J. Trump called for owners to fire players refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Friday’s rally in Huntsville, Alabama.
The billionaire team owner Shad Khan joined the players, locking arms with two of them and issuing his own statement:
“It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. National Anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem. Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms – race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the President make it harder. That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation.”
Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan: pic.twitter.com/aMO8cHDWYb
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
The Pakistani-born Khan is one of five NFL owners, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, joining the owners of the New York Jets, the Washington Redskins, the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots.