FOX broadcaster and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman is doing damage control over his hot mic comments regarding military flyovers.
The Hall of Famer was caught talking with Joe Buck about whether or not the military flyover a nearly empty Raymond James Stadium was necessary following the national anthem before Sunday’s Bucs-Packers game.
Somehow, this resulted in Aikman’s patriotism coming into question, which he took to social media to defend.
“I love a flyover but it was odd to see one over a mostly empty stadium,” he wrote. “But I am an unwavering patriot that loves this country, has always respected our flag, supported the men and women in the armed forces as well as those in uniform who serve & protect for anyone to suggest otherwise doesn’t know me, my beliefs or what I have stood for my entire life.”
Military flyovers have become commonplace before major American sporting events, but the taxpayer cost and necessity of them is worthy of a legitimate debate.
Of course, the national anthem and everything surrounding it has become a focal point of politicization in recent years with athletes kneeling during the playing of the anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice.
Aikman adding that “that stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket,” likely only added fuel to the political fire that was already burning around the anthem.