Three weeks ago, Jacksonville Jaguars players kicked off league-wide national anthem protests in their game in London, England.
Instead of insisting his players stand and respect the national anthem, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan stood on the sidelines and locked arms with his players as a show of “solidarity” with their protests.
Now, he just put his foot in his mouth with this outrageous statement against President Trump.
Khan, who according to Forbes is the NFL’s fourth wealthiest owner, donated one million dollars to President Trump’s inauguration.
But Khan has quickly become the most outspoken NFL owner in support of his players’ national anthem protests.
Crain’s Chicago Business reports:
NFL owners will meet in New York next week to discuss the controversy. Trump has called on the owners to “demand” that their players stand for the anthem.
“You have to give Trump credit, people are confused on the First Amendment versus patriotism, that if you exercise your First Amendment you’re not a patriot, which is crazy… People are confused on it, (Trump) knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”
Jaguars fans haven’t taken too kindly to his latest remarks calling Trump a “great divider” and they’re making a dent in Khan’s wallet.
The Florida Times-Union reported that this Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams was the smallest announced crowd (56,232) since Khan has owned the team.
Despite the team’s best start in a decade, more fans are turning their backs on the team.
One fan got creative in showing his disgust with Khan and the NFL anthem kneelers.
The Florida Times-Union reports:
Before the Jaguars took the field Sunday, a plane took to the skies above EverBank Field and Jacksonville’s downtown with a message for fans:
“Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”
A banner with the message was seen high above the stadium more than two hours before Sunday’s kickoff between the Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams, the first home game since the Jaguars took a stand in London on Sept. 24, two days after President Trump’s suggestion that protesting players should be fired for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.
Roger Goodell, NFL owners, and players representing the NFLPA will meet this week to discuss how they will move forward.
Will they double down on the anthem protests?
Or will they relent in the facing of plummeting TV ratings and attendance?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments.