Troy Aikman Fires Back At Critics After Mocking Military Tradition

Troy Aikman Fires Back At Critics After Mocking Military Tradition

Troy Aikman found himself at the center of some controversy this week when he was caught on a hot mic mocking military flyovers. The incident occurred during Sunday’s showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.

“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman noted as he saw the planes fly over his head.

“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work,” his broadcasting partner, Joe Buck, replied.

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

Shortly after the moment went viral, Aikman released a statement clarifying his conversation with Buck and how he felt about military flyovers in general.

“I love a flyover but It was odd to see one over a mostly empty stadium,” he tweeted out. “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.”

Fans were dubious of that explanation.

According to Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated, FOX will now likely do an internal investigation to determine how and why this audio leaked out.

“This was done before the game, during a rehearsal,” he wrote. “That means someone who works at FOX, either in a truck or a broadcast studio, pulled the clip on purpose and then leaked it on purpose to make Buck and Aikman look bad. … You can be sure Fox is doing some sort of internal investigation to find the culprit.”

Based on everything that has transpired up to this point, it seems safe to assume that no punishment is coming for Aikman or Buck over their statements. Will whoever leaked the audio face the consequences for those actions? Time will tell.

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