Social media responds to Jason Kelce’s comments on Jacksonville
It looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars can’t help but catch stray balls, even during an intra-Philadelphia sporting discussion.
In an appeal to Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons, who is asking for a trade after resisting for the past few months, Eagles center Jason Kelce has stood up for city fans and their expectations of the players. But in doing so, he also made the headlines for what many see as a blow to the city of Jacksonville and its fans.
“If you’re struggling you fight and you really try (the fans) are still going to respect you,” Kelce said. “That’s what I think most guys miss. I really don’t think this is a hard place to play, to be honest with you. I think a tough place to play is a miserable place like Jacksonville where nobody cares.
Kelce didn’t mince words, and his comments certainly angered a fan base who has remained passionately loyal to his team for more than a decade of frustration and, most recently, a 20-game losing streak. . And many have taken to Twitter to voice that anger, including Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
Dude does an unsolicited dump on a million people. We love our city and support our team. Before you take another cheap uneducated photo, hang out here. People love this place. And complete respect for the Philly fan base and the city. I have always enjoyed my visits. #DUUUVAL https://t.co/jvqSJWfOBA
– Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) 21 October 2021
Sports media figures had their own take on Kelce’s words.
#Jaguars fans, what do you think of these comments?
“It’s a sack to the head, a punch to the face, a low blow. Believe me, when Trevor Lawrence starts? We won’t have to hear that shit.” – @HaysCarlyon https://t.co/J20Kw0Ro1i
– 1010 XL / 92.5 FM (@ 1010XL) 21 October 2021
Good afternoon everyone except @JasonKelce
I’d love to see how Philly fans act or even show off if their squad was 40-110 over the past decade because I won’t tell you through the mess Jags fans have always shown up
Philly fans boo their players before their opponents.
🗑️ take https://t.co/UFR5ocakvS
– Taylor Doll (@ TayDoll1010xl) 21 October 2021
* don’t look at the answers *
* don’t look at the answers *
* look at the answers * https://t.co/0NZJW9Rrca pic.twitter.com/JrZkvduyrK
– Mia O’Brien (@MiaOBrienTV) 21 October 2021
Jacksonville is a great place to play and Jax cares! it’s hard for anyone to be a fan when you have a win in the last 21 games. Don’t blame the fans. Blame the team. #DUUUVAL https://t.co/1bX3kAD8ru
– Clay Harbor (@ clayharbs82) 21 October 2021
I wouldn’t have guessed that the Jags would be locked into the Ben Simmons fiasco. 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/ixl755cUAC
– 𝐒𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐡 🇵🇭 (@PhiltheFilipino) 21 October 2021
NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, who played for the Jaguars from 1996 to 1997, also criticized Kelce’s comments.
The statement is strong on how the cities respect the hard-core players who care about the game, but Kelce is not an authority on how Duval County cares about its players and team. The @Jaguars have been down for over a decade, but the 904 still appears every week. #DUUUVAL https://t.co/cij1gUgaHT
– Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) 21 October 2021
Kelce is one of the best crosses in the game, but you’d think that with the Eagles sitting at 2-4 (just one game better than the lowly Jaguars) he might be more focused on getting his own ship right than to shoot a team that has at least one answer to the most important position in the game.