Twitter reacts to Jason Kelce’s comments about Jacksonville

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It seems the Jacksonville Jaguars can’t help but catch stray bullets, even in an intra-Philadelphia sports discussion.

In an appeal to embattled Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons, who is requesting a trade after holding out the last several months, Eagles center Jason Kelce defended the city’s fans and their expectations of players. But in doing so, he also made headlines for what many are considering a cheap shot at the city of Jacksonville and its fans.

“If you’re struggling, you’re fighting, and you’re really trying, (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 at all, to be honest with you. I think a hard place to play is a miserable place like Jacksonville where nobody cares.”

There was no mincing words from Kelce, and his comments certainly drew some ire from a fanbase that has passionately stuck with its team through a decade-plus of frustration and, most recently, a 20-game losing streak. And many took to Twitter to voice that anger, including Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

Sports media personalities had their own takes on Kelce’s words.

NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, who played with the Jaguars from 1996-97, was also critical of Kelce’s comments.

Kelce is one of the game’s best centers, but you would think that with the Eagles sitting at 2-4 (only one game better than the lowly Jaguars), he might be more focused on righting his own ship than take shots at a team that at least has an answer at the game’s most important position.

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