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Troy Aikman explains what he really meant when he was caught on a hot mic joking about NFL military flyover

Iconic NFL star Troy Aikman addressed the public outrage over a hot mic moment caught on video where he appeared to disparage a military flyover before the start of an NFL game on Sunday.

Aikman tweeted that he had a great respect for the military but found the flyover odd given that so few were in the stadium to appreciate it because of coronavirus attendance restrictions.

“I love a flyover but It was odd to see one over a mostly empty stadium 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 and for anyone to suggest otherwise doesn’t know me, my beliefs or what I have stood for my entire life,” Aikman tweeted.

The controversial audio documented an interaction between Aikman and fellow game announcer Joe Buck before the match between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers.

“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman is heard saying on the recording.

“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!” responded Buck.

“That stuff ain’t happening with Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner,” Aikman replied.

Many people on social media excoriated the pair for the comments they took to be disparaging of the military while others took it to mean that Aikman was expressing support for the Biden presidential campaign. Still others, who dislike all military flyovers at sports games, agreed with the sentiment in the video.

Buck has not commented on the controversy since the video was published.

The Buccaneers went on to defeat the Packers, who were previously undefeated, by a score of 38 to 10.

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Joe Buck and Troy Aikman caught in hot mic moment ridiculing the military flyover before NFL game

NFL announcers were caught ridiculing a military flyover before a game Sunday and they are facing the angry backlash online.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and longtime announcer Joe Buck were awaiting for the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers when they made the comments.

“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman said.

“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!” joked Buck.

“That stuff ain’t happening with Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner,” Aikman responded.

The interaction was published by Defector media, which claimed that they were tipped off about the interaction.

Many on social media were outraged about comments and they excoriated the pair for what they considered to be an insult to the military.

“Both Of You Are A Disgrace. #Pathetic,” responded Code of Vets, a charity for military veterans.

“Hey @TroyAikman You didn’t have a problem with military flyovers over your 27th Superbowl game! You had a big smile on your face! So now you think it is a waste and a joke? You are a weak spineless sell out to the nation! What a disgrace!” they added in a second tweet.

“Could the @NFL and Democrats be MORE unlikable and unAmerican?” tweeted Jenna Ellis, a lawyer of the Trump campaign.

Thank you Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for showing us the way to a better future. If only we stop the jet fuel. You know what else is a waste of jet fuel? Joe Biden flying somewhere to talk to 7 people,” tweeted commentator Carmine Sabia.

Others welcomed the comments as a signal that the pair were supportive of the Democratic presidential ticket just ahead of Election Day.

The controversial comments are likely to worsen the NFL’s public relations nightmare over players kneeling during the national anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. This season, the NFL decided to embrace politics and allow players to express their support for left-wing political causes on the field.

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