Mark Brunell Apologizes For Saying Jaguars Likely Relocating To London
Former NFLer Mark Brunell said that he "regrets telling a national radio audience" on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" that the Jaguars are likely "headed toward relocating to London, possibly as soon as the next few years," according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. Brunell said that he "got caught up in the moment" during a segment on Tuesday's radio show, and "wishes he could take back what he said because his comments angered a lot of Jaguars fans." Brunell: "I had an opportunity up there to speak to all that [Jaguars Owner] Shad Khan has done in this community, his investments, and his plans, and all the great things that are going on with the Jacksonville Jaguars and I didn’t do it. That certainly will not happen again." Brunell, who is "paid by the Jaguars to do a weekly radio show and as an analyst on preseason television broadcasts, went on to say he will correct those comments whenever he gets another opportunity" in his future role as an NFL analyst for ESPN (ESPN.com, 10/30). In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wrote, "Not that what Brunell said was a firebomb because there's considerable speculation outside Jacksonville that the Jaguars are a likely candidate to be London's team. ... But as someone who was among the greatest recipients of adoration from the Jaguars' fan base, Brunell saying it obviously struck a lot of nerves" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 10/30).