Malik Jackson joins the "Midday Chalk" Radio show every Tuesday at noon on 1010XL. Last week on the show Malik became the fourth Jaguar player to criticize Jaguar fans since the start of the 2016 season. He said a few things, but the most notable quote from the segment reads like this:
“[I] thought I saw more Oakland fans in our last home game. There might’ve been more Jags fans in the pool than cheering”.
Malik's comments were very untimely following an embarrassing home loss to the Raiders. It was not only offensive to fans of the black and teal, but the comments were also flat out inaccurate. For every home game this season the Bank has been packed, so I have no idea what Malik was thinking with these comments. Beyond whether or not the comments were accurate or not, they showed a real lack of maturity and focus. Lashing out at fans while you and your teammates can't figure out how to win is probably not the best course of action.
That was then this is now.
Today, on election day in America, Malik took a much different approach while on "Midday Chalk".
I thought about this long and hard. I went home and closed all my windows and shut off the lights and was like 'Dang Malik!' ... You (Malik) criticized these fans, I hope they're not mad at you (Malik) and I apologize if I hurt anyone feelings, but I think if you guys show up and yell you're but offs we can go out there, we can bridge this gap, and we can be great again.
Well, Malik, the fans were mad at you, at least some of them.
It's unclear whether or not the Donald Trump reference was indicative of Jackson's personal views on the election, but what is clear is that Jackson wants to be one the same page with the fans and wants to have a good working relationship with the fan base known as Duval. While everyone knows the "I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings" line isn't exactly the most sincere way to apologize, it at least shows a willingness to try and make things right. Based on Jackson's tone it's pretty clear that he wants to make things right, so we'll go ahead and forgive the big guy ... as long as he keeps making plays on Sundays.
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