Donald Trump's National Football League attacks down to jealousy, says Jaguars owner Shad Khan

Ruben Hill
October 20, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations and former head coach Tom Coughlin, left, chats with owner Shad Khan before the start of the State of the Franchise presentation for the NFL football team, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

In an interview with Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, described Trump's attacks on the National Football League as a "personal issue". Khan's latest statements, however, make him one of the more vocal NFL owners opposed to Trump's views on the league.

'Here, it's about money, or messing with - trying to soil a league or a brand that he's jealous of'.

Trump failed in an attempt to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014, following a stint as an owner in the USFL in the 1980s.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Khan is not the only owner who feels that way about Trump.

"That's one aspect that you can imagine - someone is getting a visa that will change their life is from a Muslim-majority country - and, now, boom, that dream to change lives, they get locked out".

'That's a hell of a lot more significant than fighting some sponsors or people who want their money back because they've been riled up'.

Trump has called for NFL owners to "fire" players who won't stand for the national anthem and has been openly critical of the league for not adopting a rule to make standing during the Star-Spangled Banner mandatory.

The topic of player protests during the national anthem was high on the NFL's agenda during the annual owners meetings in NY on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Trump president has also warned the league that the protests could lead to financial ruin, citing the continued decrease in network television ratings.

The Jaguars owner had more to address, too.

Trump has been heavily criticized this week for a callous phone conversation with the widow of a fallen American solider.

"This ugly, toxic side sours the whole experience", Khan said. Several players participated in some of those sessions, with an eye toward resolving the impasse over the protests, but the league ended its meetings by making no changes to its policy, although Commissioner Roger Goodell said believes "everyone should stand" for the anthem.

At this time, Trump has yet to offer a response to Khan.

Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, refused to comment on Trump when approached by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, contending it wasn't the proper setting.

Still, with Jones pushing the Trump doctrine on protesting players - rejected, incidentally, by other owners - it's a bad look.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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