Several members of the Duggar family headed to Rocky Top, Tennessee, over the weekend, further fueling rumors of a potential Duggar-Bates courtship. Four weeks after Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s fourth eldest daughter, Jinger Duggar, was first speculated to be having a romance with Lawson Bates, the 22-year-old former “19 Kids and Counting” star was photographed ahead of her trip down South Saturday.
The Duggars, who have not confirmed Jinger and Lawson’s rumored courtship, revealed details about their offspring’s trip on Facebook. “John, Jinger & Joy celebrated an Arkansas Razorback football victory in TN!!” the family wrote. “They were able to hang out with the Bates, attend the game and see their brother Joseph who attends Crown College. Lovely day!” As reported by the Inquisitr, it appears John-David, 25, piloted the flight from Arkansas.
Despite rumors Jinger is courting Lawson, 23, he did not appear in any of the Duggar’s photos. The family’s post only included shots of Jinger posing with siblings Joy-Anna, 18, and Joseph, 20. Jinger has, however, been photographed with the "Bringing Up Bates" reality star in previous photo ops.
On Sept. 6, during her cousin Amy Duggar’s wedding, Jinger and Lawson were photographed standing awfully close to one another during while posing for a group shot. The image caused many “19 Kids and Counting” fans to question if the two were in a courtship. Several days later, on Sept. 14, Lawson shared a photo on Twitter of himself posing with a male pal and Jinger.
Gonna miss you bro! Safe travels back to Indonesia ️ pic.twitter.com/FgByYI2sJ8
— Lawson Bates (@lawbates) September 14, 2015
While the Duggars and the Bates are longtime friends, the Duggar Family Blog reports that they have at least one major difference. While the Duggars are “devoted” Razorback fans, the Bates are “loyal” to the Tennessee Volunteers. Luckily for the Jinger, her college football team won Saturday’s game 24-20. "Both the Duggars and the Bates are competitive,” teased the blog, “so you can imagine the conversations that took place at this game."