Earlier this week Renewed Right reported on Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who called President Trump a “great divider.”
The team’s President of operations was forced to issue a statement apologizing to local military members for the team’s recent actions which launched league-wide national anthem protests.
But Khan is doubling down in a new anti-Trump tirade.
Despite being somewhat of a laughingstock nationally, loyal Jags fans have put up with a consistent NFL bottom-dweller. But now, even as they’re considered one of the surprise teams this season, attendance is falling off the map!
For their latest home game against the Los Angeles Rams, the Jaguars announced they had the lowest attendance since Khan purchased the team in 2011.
This is far from an isolated incident as TV ratings for NFL games are down across the board.
One (former) Jags fan even put up his own money to fly a banner before the last game, saying “Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”
But Khan doesn’t seem to have learned his lesson.
First Coast News reports:
Shad Khan thinks he knows the real reason Donald Trump is so obsessed with how the NFL does business.
“This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday as NFL owners wrapped up two days of meetings in Lower Manhattan.
Trump, whose bid to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014 failed, slammed one of his favorite punching bags again Wednesday, tweeting that the NFL is demonstrating “total disrespect” for the nation because it is not forcing players to stand for the national anthem.
“He’s been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely,” said Khan, who bought the Jags in 2011 for $760 million. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated.”
He reiterated a description he’s used before in characterizing Trump, calling him “a divider, not a uniter.”
“Let’s get real,” Khan said. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews. I think the NFL doesn’t even come close to that on the level of being offensive. Here, it’s about money, or messing with — trying to soil a league or a brand that he’s jealous of.”
Roger Goodell and owners failed to enact a policy of penalizing players who do not stand to respect our anthem.
Maybe it’s because he’s gotten pressure behind the scenes from activist owners like Khan.
Khan did donate $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration, but he certainly seems to regret that decision.
The Jaguars have home games on November 5 and November 12 – the day after Veterans Day.
Usually NFL teams honor military veterans during pregame ceremonies around Veterans Day.
But no matter what the Jaguars do, their actions would seem very disingenuous.
What do you think about this latest anti-Trump rant? Let us know in the comments!