Khan: President Trump is “jealous” of NFL

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So much for not responding to the sniping from the White House.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who recently dubbed President Trump “the great divider,” provided more specific and detailed criticism of the Commander-in-Chief on Wednesday, via Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

“Let’s get real,” Khan told Bell. “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.”

The jealousy comes from the fact that President Trump never was able to buy an NFL team.

“He’s been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely,” Khan said. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated.”

As to the latest controversy involving President Trump, on the question of whether he said to the widow of a fallen soldier that “he knew what he was signing up for,” Khan offered even more pointed language.

“It’s so bad,” Khan said. “It’s below the lowest of the lowest expectations. It doesn’t sound rational. It’s bizarre.”

And so Khan is showing no qualms about calling out the President, with the apparent goal of demonstrating that the President’s policies dramatically overshadow the claim that, currently, a handful of NFL players are disrespecting the flag by choosing to kneel or sit during the anthem. Khan specifically pointed to the President’s effort to restrict travel to the United States from multiple Muslim-majority countries.

“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,” Khan said. “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.”

It’s unclear at this point whether Khan will be the only owner to direct such strong language at the President, or whether others will join in. Regardless, at least one owner is willing to stand up to man who insists that all NFL players be required to stand up for the anthem.

Based on Tuesday’s meetings and the absence of any change to the policy regarding player conduct during the anthem, it could be that the league has decided to weather whatever storms the President can conjure during whatever time he has left in office.

139 responses to “Khan: President Trump is “jealous” of NFL

  1. He’s right. Trump doesn’t care about players kneeling during the anthem. He once before supported people’s right to burn the flag.

    He’s trying to injure the NFL. He’s been holding a grudge against the NFL since the NFL crushed him in court back in the USFL days.

  2. As far as jobs go: PotUS>NFL Owner. And it is not even close. That being said, I would trade places with either man in a heart beat. So if the big bad president is too mean to you Khan I will take your job.

  3. He isn’t “trying” to soil the league. He soiled it. 7.5% and this after an election year plummet. Mission. Accomplished. I though these NFL guys were supposed to be great businessman, how can they be so blind to whats happening.

  4. Or is this trump distracting all his cultist from his failures and him hurting his base with his executive orders?

  5. Anyone else remember the football league in the 80s that tried to compete with the NFL? Trump was an owner of the New Jersey team who promised “wonderful things” and… that league failed.

    So of course he has an axe to grind. That’s just what he does.

  6. “The jealousy comes from the fact that “President” Trump never was able to buy an NFL team.”

    Along with the fact that he sued the NFL, he won, and he had to split the judge-awarded ONE DOLLAR with the other USFL owners, effectively bankrupting the entire league.

  7. Wow, I was pulling for ther jags because they are always bad and fournette is turning the franchise around but Kahn is a horrible for spreading hate and lies.

  8. Well that’s going to make President Trump go away…t-minus 180 minutes till his 3 am text rebuttal.

    I’m shocked owners can’t control players, owners can’t control owners and the commissioner…I have no words…

    If CTE doesn’t kill the game the NFL will be good again in 5-7 years once they’ve cycled this group of players/activists. A lean set of TV contracts and a 30 to 50 million haircut to the cap should correct the next waive of players thinking…money trumps activism.

  9. Thankfully at least one owner is willing to say it like it is. I’m in 100% agreement on what he’s saying (at least, what I’ve seen here- can’t comment about anything he said not covered in this article).

  10. The people damaging the NFL brand are the players kneeling and NFL executives. They are damaging it beyond repair. I used to eat, sleep, and breathe football, I watched every game, every HOF induction ceremony, and every pro bowl. You all moved the Colts, Brown’s, and now Raiders…you are idiots.

  11. you americans are funny.

    worship a piece of cloth that represents the country, instead of supporting the people from said country.

    Ya’ll need to wake up, your president is nuts

  12. Khan may own an NFL franchise, but he doesn’t have much of a team.

    Maybe he should be jealous of the real team owners.

  13. On a strictly football level, I’m pretty happy that the owner of my favorite team (Paul Allen/Seahawks) keeps his mouth shut about everything, from team issues to league issues to politics. He just signs checks and leaves the football to the football guys, leaves politics to politicians.

    On a human level, I’m glad to see Khan speaking up against the monster in chief. I respect the presidency and love my country but as a man, Donald Trump is a cesspool of all the weakest and darkest instincts of humanity. His disrespect of our service members is sickening. Going back to comments about John McCain and the attacks on the gold star family, all the way back to his multiple BS deferments to avoid service in Vietnam.

  14. trump can tell the widows of fallen soldiers they knew what they were getting into, but god forbid an athlete use their platform in protest of social injustice.

  15. Shad stood for both anthems in England, but let’s not let facts get in the way of your deflection.

  16. it’s only a matter of time before this clown uses trump as the reason he moves the Jags to London.

    If you listen to enough of these clowns, you’d almost think racism never existed before Trump took office.

  17. Thursday – Roger Goodell: “The NFL wants nothing to do with politics. It doesn’t belong in sports.”
    Later that same day…

  18. “My Jaguars are actually competent this year; time to run my mouth and pretend like I’m a major presence in the NFL.”

  19. This patriotism argument is so overrated. We’re free and it’s not because of a flag. It’s because we fought for it and decided as a nation to be free a long time ago. If I’m not a “patriot” because I could care less about what people do during a song fine. If I don’t get into “heaven” because I don’t worship a fairy tail fine. I take care of my family, my community and anyone who needs it and if that’s not enough oh well. I sleep well at night. It’s those who have such a strong opinion on these things that are suspect to me.

  20. Little bit hard to take Mr Khan seriously when you look at his history of business scandals with horrendous labour abuses,safety regulations and flouting of environmental pollution laws at his factories in Detroit and Urbana.

  21. jimsnchz, stop trying to deflect the conversation.

    The issue is about police brutality in the UNITED STATES, not the United Kingdom.

    You’re just as toxic as our current “Commander-in-Chief.”

  22. “This is the kneel for the anthem but stand for God Save the Queen guy right?”

    It is common courtesy to stand for another country’s anthem when in said country, especially in an enlightened country such as Great Britain. It is also common knowledge that United States citizens have the freedom to advocate for the oppressed and underprivileged.

    If British soccer players were kneeling during God Save The Queen the British people would not lose their minds in some nationalistic response. Rather, they would seek to address the underlying problem. It is a shame that Great Britain has a more accepting culture than the United States.

  23. The best words out of an NFL owners mouth I have ever heard.The truth,period. Shad Khan never gets any national ink because of the market his team is located.

  24. Khan is a self made immigrant billionaire who has significantly more intelligence, courage and class than Trump could ever hope for. A subset of our population may have the thickest set of blinders on, but Khan tells it like it is. Worst. President. Ever. EVER. And a danger to our country and civilians everywhere.

  25. Trump should have kept his mouth shut and we wouldn’t be talking about this… something tells me he’s not done. Sad.

  26. So, Mr Khan, if the NFL plays a game in China, will the players KNEEL for the “Star Spangled Banner” and STAND for “March of the Volunteers”?

  27. Anyone with a shred of intelligence can see that this attack on the NFL by that fool in the WH is nothing more than a personal vendetta against a league that took him to the woodshed during the USFL debacle and wouldn’t let them join their club. This “man” is so very, very petty.

  28. Perhaps Khan should have thought about all of this prior to casting his vote for Trump. All this stuff about Muslims did not come out of the blue post-election.

  29. Stop hating folks for no reason, just because someone is different. Our leader isnt being very smart. He already messed up the USFL. Wants an NFL team, but he’s not welcome. Exponentially insensitive, and socially flawed. A true national disaster.

  30. No he is jealous of Khan’s mustach, who wouldn’t be jealous of the NFL as it implodes. This is why the NFL is imploding, moron city

  31. jimsnchz says:
    October 18, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    This is the kneel for the anthem but stand for God Save the Queen guy right?

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    You do realize that “God Save The Queen” is not an American anthem? The whole point of the kneel movement is to protest police brutality against visible minorities in AMERICA. Do you still not get that?

  32. He ain’t wrong.. and I’m saying that as a Trump voter. The president isn’t beyond reproach.. when he does something wrong, or that you perceive as wrong, you can and should call him out. It’s called being objective.

  33. I think people are getting this backwards. It is not if the NFL can weather the storms, they have already proved they can. Trump will not weather the Mel’s storm. This owner gave a million dollars to his Trump. How many other owners donated and supported him? Well that is out the door. Trump is hemoraging money and his ratings are much lower than any other President. Wait until his supporters start taking hits in their wallet and in public. It will be, see ya Donald, nothing personal, just good business to drop you!

  34. Good to see the league I love standing up for justice for all. That’s America at its finest. Fans that don’t support justice aren’t required!

  35. Trump is hemoraging money and his ratings are much lower than any other President.

    ————

    Trump’s approval numbers aren’t even close to being “much lower than any other president,” so please stick to football. A number of presidents have had significantly lower approval numbers during their tenures.

  36. SJWs keep doubling-down on stupid.

    You’re on the wrong side and up against a master persuader and strategist taking a pro-American patriotism position while only asking you to show respect a few minutes respect during the anthem for the country that made you rich and famous.

    #WithThoseWhoStand

  37. My take on the trump, he tries to ACT patriotic one sometimes. He dodged the draft THREE times, if you were so patriotic maybe you would have fought for this country. You demeaned all of OUR intelligence agencies because ‘putin said he didnt hack us’, and oh yea, when speaking about a prisoner of warr he said that McCain wasnt a hero “because he got caught”. Putting down anyone who served for our country makes you incredibly unpatriotic. So for everyone saying how patriotic trump is b/c he said people shouldnt kneel……….are just flat our wrong and kidding themselves. This is a publicity stunt to grab uneducated minds to thinking he is something he is not.

  38. The President of the United States continues to call out millionaires (and he also is a millionaire) for disrespecting our flag, military and country and that makes him jealous of the NFL? That’s just ridiculous logic.

    You people are nuts. Khan is clueless.

  39. theriverroadman says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:15 am

    The NFL is imploding…….says the guy on an NFL WEBSITE! You’re here, it must not be doing that badly.

  40. I read that trump went to a USFL owners meeting and one of them wanted to punch dt in the mouth. They were calling him a snake oil salesman and said “Trump wasn’t merely disliked by his fellow owners; he was loathed and abhorred and detested.”
    My theory is that he’s always wanted to be invited to the big boys NFL table but never got asked. So now he’s trying to make his mark on the NFL game one way or another.

  41. Trump is jealous of a lot of things. It’s why he constantly compares himself to Obama, Hillary, etc etc etc… He has a textbook inferiority complex.

  42. You do realize that “God Save The Queen” is not an American anthem? The whole point of the kneel movement is to protest police brutality against visible minorities in AMERICA. Do you still not get that?

    ___________________________________________________________

    The protest is blown way out of proportion and is a false protest. 90% of the so called police brutality is self defense of men and women who defending YOU from know criminals resisting arrest and or have zero respect for authority. Furthermore, the actions of some police brutality by a few doesn’t mean that you step on the flag of the country and insult millions of veterans and active duty military.

    Do you still want to be brainwashed with your lies and farce movement or can we move on?

  43. President Trump is jealous of a business that is slowly imploding??? Is this the “Wrath of Khan” ??? See what I did there 🙂 Sir, do get over yourself and focus on filling your stadium and keeping ominous banners from flying over your stadium…..

  44. Saddest thing is…if you are somehow able to remove your politics, remove your moral beliefs, remove your patriotism ( which I know is impossible )

    Then, to be brutally honest….

    Kahn is right.

    The NFL is Donald Trump’s unrequited love. They never accepted him, and they destroyed him when he decided to take them on with his USFL merger.( A move that most of the other USL owners did not want )

    Donald Trump’s is an exceptionally intelligent man….however, he is NOT emotionally intelligent, and that generally causes him the most issues.

  45. “It’s so bad,” Khan said. “It’s below the lowest of the lowest expectations. It doesn’t sound rational. It’s bizarre.”

    All of this was equally true during the campaign. The bizarre part is supporting the guy back then and now acting surprised when he acts the same way as President.

  46. It’s been interesting over the years watching Goodell’s complete lack of public relations skills in even non-controversial situations. Time and time again he conjures up the awkward, uncomfortable school kid that sat alone during lunch by choice and because it was just so painful for the other kids to even try to interact socially with. We all knew kids like that and most of us felt compassion and even empathy for them. But most grew up and out of that social awkwardness, eventually moving on and finding ways to cope and overcome those issues. Yet Goodell clearly did not – and even at his age he seems to hold a tremendous grudge that plays itself out in arrogance, control and a complete disrespect for the fans, who probably trigger his awful experiences and in his mind, now represent the kids who were socially active and had fun in school. He’s still taking it out on them by proxy and when challenged or criticized punishes them and pretends to be better than instead of just enjoying the opportunity he’s been given by Khan and the other owners, who see the chinks in his fake armor and use and play on his ineptness. He wants to be like the owners, but will never be that successful nor dedicate themselves to become the billionaires they are through acumen and business genius. It seems as though he wants the fruits of that kind of labor – without the labor. And he ingratiates himself to the players now, because his job and avenue to pretend he’s just one of those guys is threatened. I can’t stand phonies like that and neither can most people I know. What a tool.

  47. “It’s below the lowest of the lowest expectations. It doesn’t sound rational. It’s bizarre.”

    ——–

    absolutely correct. the problem is, Trump seems to be constantly one-upping himself in this area.

  48. You lost me at “Donald Trump’s is an exceptionally intelligent man…”

    if by exceptionally intelligent you mean inherited $400 million and hired smart people then sure… otherwise Trump has the IQ of a linemen’s jersey number…

  49. That is so true. He has been turned down from buying the then Baltimore Colts and as recently as 2014 he was turned down in the purchase of the Buffal Bills. Plus his USFL fell flat on its 1.68 billion dollar lawsuit against the NFL where they won $3 and change in damages.

  50. mburkett1980 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:04 am
    Perhaps Khan should have thought about all of this prior to casting his vote for Trump. All this stuff about Muslims did not come out of the blue post-election.

    38 33 Rate This

    Oh, you had a conversation with Mr.Khan and he informed you of his viote? You must know to be spouting off such information.

  51. Nice try, but the Trump comments have nothing to do with USFL vs. NFL stuff. The NFL continues to be tone deaf on this issue, and it doesn’t help when clueless owners jump on the players’ bandwagon.

    Enjoy those declining ratings and revenue cuts, Mr. Khan.

  52. Richard W. Painter‏ @RWPUSA 10h10 hours ago

    “You can treat a fallen soldier’s family like dirt so long as you “respect” the flag by standing for the national anthem at a football game.”

    trump is pathetic! Don the con’s fake Patriotism like many of his followers is disgusting.

    Khan is right because trump is jealous of everything and in complete distract mode from coming treason charges!

  53. It’s obvious the NFL isn’t a make-or-break financial venture for Mr. Khan like it would be for Trump (if Trump had the money to buy a team). Mr. Khan is thumbing his nose at Trump and everyone who voted for him by flat out saying, “please stay away from my stadium; I don’t like you.” LOL.

  54. You do realize the it was England the introduced ‘SLAVERY’ to the World!!!

    So kneel for America’s National Anthem, and stand for England’s…Nice!

  55. Commissioner Cools says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:17 am
    I promise he’s not jealous of your inability to fill a stadium.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    Well….neither could Trump so it’s ok, they are both pretty much up to PAR with that….haha…

  56. kjack59 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:48 am
    Richard W. Painter‏ @RWPUSA 10h10 hours ago

    “You can treat a fallen soldier’s family like dirt so long as you “respect” the flag by standing for the national anthem at a football game.”

    trump is pathetic! Don the con’s fake Patriotism like many of his followers is disgusting.

    Khan is right because trump is jealous of everything and in complete distract mode from coming treason charges!

    Kjack59 should actually learn the truth about an issue before using it to sling mud.

  57. Mr Kahn,

    The lines have now been drawn by Michael Bennett. and it’s time for the owners to make a decision. Since you have one of the worst starting QBs in the league and a distain for your own business, why don’t YOU sign him. Since you have time to run your mouth on your own unsubstanitated opinions of the President, surely you have time and the money to do this.

    Though it will be a anchor around your neck ratings wise, you will fell better about yourself..Feelings and Pandering now is an NFL policy it seems…

  58. If only he was more concerned about putting together a winning team and filling up his stadium

    If only the president was more concerned about running the country, and not trying to draw attention to himself every chance he gets. Is there is a worse idea than electing a man who is so insecure he demands any attention from anything, anytime, anywhere?

  59. You might have a cool mustache and an empty stadium Mr Khan ,but your not President, married to a supermodel cool. Give it a rest Shaka Khan,lmao. Haters always show hate. NFL lives in a glass hose with many broken windows.

  60. If only the president was more concerned about running the country, and not trying to draw attention to himself every chance he gets. Is there is a worse idea than electing a man who is so insecure he demands any attention from anything, anytime, anywhere?…

    And just what did the President say in the last week or so? Nothing. This is just an player pandering owner that feel the need to inject his poison opinion into this. This is not fact, its a mans opinion and it is wrong. Did he talk to Trump and ask him if he was jealous?

    Nope…No one should hold Khans opinion as gospel

  61. I don’t identify with any political lines. Thankfully. Some otherwise intelligent people say really stupid things to stand pat behind their hard party lines. I wish I could blame this on “trolls”, but I’ve been visiting this site for awhile and I know most of you guys are real people. Suffice it to say, some of you are like the band continuing to play as the Titanic went down. Just keep doubling down on stupid. Hopefully some of the archaic ideologies die out. Please don’t pass the stupidity and ignorance on.

  62. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 4:36 am
    “This is the kneel for the anthem but stand for God Save the Queen guy right?”

    It is common courtesy to stand for another country’s anthem when in said country, especially in an enlightened country such as Great Britain. It is also common knowledge that United States citizens have the freedom to advocate for the oppressed and underprivileged.

    If British soccer players were kneeling during God Save The Queen the British people would not lose their minds in some nationalistic response. Rather, they would seek to address the underlying problem. It is a shame that Great Britain has a more accepting culture than the United States.
    —————————————————————————————–

    Oh Come on, Brittain’s racial divides exist on the very same level, take it from someone who’s actually lived in both the UK and US. The things I’ve heard come out of the mouths of Brits are far worse and ballsier than across the pond. Brexit was a clear indication of the racial issues Brittain continually faces. Let’s not pretend Brittain is the sophisticated, high-class society that accepts all colors and creeds with enlightened fellows sharing tea in a harmonious utopia.

  63. Mr Khan would be better keeping his mouth shut. He needs to be more concerned about his team
    and their performance. He’s one of the least popular owners in the NFL,forget worrying about
    the President, he will be fine. By the way, hopefully you are on the way to London, to piss
    them all off. They stand for God Save the Queen there.

  64. Finally someone said it , Trump is a spoiled rich kid . I’m taking my ball and going home right after I destroy your ball .

  65. He wasn’t going to get into the ‘club’ after beating the NFL in court.

    In hindsight the loss was probably a victory for the League. If the damages were extensive enough, Trump may have been able to own a team, and you’d have had Mark Cuban 20 years before his time.

  66. Why aren’t you Trump supporters upset about how he treats gold star families and how it took them 14 days to call the families of the Niger military boys that got killed?

    If that was Obama you’d be screaming about it.

    Don’t bother answering, it is a rhetorical question.

  67. trump can tell the widows of fallen soldiers they knew what they were getting into, but god forbid an athlete use their platform in protest of social injustice.

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    I’m sure they did know what they were getting into. Would be a surprise if they didn’t.

  68. Wow, Khan must watch a lot of fake news while his employees are protesting against the country on foreign soil. Lucky for us, Khan will never be allowed to be President. Sounds like he’s a bit jealous about that.

  69. shayeezy says:

    October 19, 2017 at 12:24 am

    trump can tell the widows of fallen soldiers they knew what they were getting into, but god forbid an athlete use their platform in protest of social injustice.
    ___________

    Again it is not their platform…. If you work at McDonalds it is not your platform.

  70. Everyone to their own opinion, but really, how could we not see Mr. current President is exactly what he is. Use your own adjetives. Ignorant of a political system which has been around for over 200 years comes first to mind. I’ll do it my way is just a song not part of the system.

  71. “take it from someone who’s lived in both the UK and US….Brexit was a clear indication of the racial issues Britain continually faces”.

    No, Brexit was about a majority of the British people exerting there independence from the European Union. The movement had a very few fringe racists, not nearly as many as there are in the Trump camp.

  72. Kind of hard to take the criticism from CEO Khan seriously when you look at his track record of his factories and companies in Detroit and Urbana that have quite the flagrant disregard for worker safety and environmental laws.

  73. “when you look at his track record of [Khan’s] factories and companies in Detroit and Urbana that have quite the blatant disregard for worker safety and environmental laws”.

    This talking point has suspiciously appeared in several comments. It is so easy to see that the word has gone to repeat this refrain as often as possible. You people really need to do better.

    And when did Trump supporters start being concerned about the environment and safety?

  74. Introducing the London Jaguars. Another owner who can’t keep his mouth shut. With a declining attendance and
    a less than par record for it seems forever, do the right thing an relocate the team to England to be closer to your soccer club.

  75. mullman76 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    I love that the Dumphers think that the payaso has won.

    He never wins, it’s just degrees of losing.

    You people are deplorable.

    Carry on.

    _________________________________

    He is winning, you wouldn’t be crying about it if he wasn’t.

    Be a good hombre and accept your lose and take your on advice and “carry on.”

  76. this coming from a guy with the half empty stadium? give me a break. yes Trump is petty. No I dont think hes jealous of an imploding league filled with unlikable players and a clueless commissioner at the helm. He’s smartly playing to his base which are the veterans and the patriotic Americans in Middle America. Theyre what won him the election and he knows which buttons to push to rally their support. Some of you are Americans that are defending an owner who allowed his team to sit during the national anthem, but stand for God Save the Queen when they were in England. I guarantee you that makes us look pathetic to foreign fans who would never disrespect their country that way.

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