Jaguars Hit an Attendance Milestone That Very Well Might be a Reflection on Anthem Protests

Kirsters Baish| It’s been 11 long years since the Jacksonville Jaguars have even come close to having a winning season. I guess it shouldn’t surprise us all too much that they aren’t doing so well with their attendance. Surprisingly enough, however, the Jaguars have been doing better this year than previous years. When they came into Sunday’s game against the Rams, they boasted a 3-2 record. They were also in first place in the AFC South and had just taken a victory at Pittsburgh the week before.

Unfortunately for the Jags, no one told their fans in Jacksonville, Florida. It was reported that only 56,232 fans showed up for the Jaguars’ game against the Rams. This is the lowest turnout for a Jaguars home game since Shad Khan bought the team back in 2012. What’s interesting about this is that the Jaguars aren’t doing so badly this year. They have rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who has been helping the team out tremendously. So, we’re left wondering why they had such a terrible turnout for their game.

The Florida Times-Union’s Phillip Heilman thinks he knows the reason. He explained that fans might not be as interested in the team anymore due to the whole anthem protest issue. 15 of the Jaguars’ players knelt for the National Anthem three weeks ago while in London. Khan also encouraged the team to interlock arms with the team’s captains doing that same game.

Khan is Pakistani-born, and he has been vocal about his dislike for President Donald Trump in the past. He didn’t appreciate Trump’s statements that NFL players who choose not to stand for the anthem should be “fired.” The town of Jacksonville, which is highly pro-military, might be rallying against Khan at this point.

The Wild Card wrote:

Supporting the theory of fans reacting to Khan and anthem protests, a small plane flew over EverBank Field prior to Sunday’s game with a banner that read, “Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”

So while Fournette, the first-year back out of LSU had his jersey sent to Canton as the youngest player in NFL history to rush for a 90-plus yard touchdown — and becoming the first player ever to have consecutive runs of 75 yards or longer (he scored on the last play against Pittsburgh and the first against the Rams) — there is a remarkably small number of fans who were there to see it.

The good news for the team is that Fournette seemed to just miss receiving a major injury. He should be ready when the Jaguars make their way to Indianapolis next Sunday. If they have any chance of redeeming themselves, however, the Jags need to do something to win back over their fanbase.