Shad Khan: It was a privilege to stand with players on Sunday

AP

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Jaguars owner Shad Khan both issued statements on Sunday morning after players on both teams knelt and linked arms while the national anthem was playing before their game at Wembley Stadium in London.

Khan, who donated $1 million to President Donald Trump’s campaign, stood on the sideline and linked arms with tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith while the anthem played. In his statement, he called it an honor and privilege to “show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation.”

“It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem. Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms — race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the President make it harder. That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation.”

Bisciotti’s statement expressed the team’s support for players using their voices and influence to share their views, calling it the “highest form” of democracy.

“We recognize our players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

36 responses to “Shad Khan: It was a privilege to stand with players on Sunday

  1. Personally I do find kneeling during the anthem disrespectful and it seems to separate people even more. With the arm linking you can still make a statement. I like it.

  2. How any self-respecting American, yet alone an American Muslim, can donate to Trump’s hateful campaign is beyond me. But maybe he’s realized his error and trying to make up for it now.

  3. I think it would be a much stronger statement if the Jag players refused to take paychecks from a man who supported President Trump. I don’t care with the kneeling, but if you are going to protest and you mean it, kneeling is easy. Taking a real stand and refusing your paycheck would take actual guts and prove you’re not just grandstanding.

  4. Business people donate money to both sides . That’s called politics. That is how they assure they stay ahead and continue to rob taxpayers when it’s time to build a stadium. If you looked at Trump’s donations from when he was a private citizen , he gave more money to Democrats.

  5. Trump may have not been my choice but I applaud he standing u to these individuals that have never put their lives on the line for anything. You spit on the very symbol of a country that allows you to experience the lives you do. See how far this would have gotten you say in North Korea. You want to do something then go out in the real world and make a difference and give up the entertainment world for one year.

  6. So let me get this straight: players kneel, sit, and give the Black Power salute during the anthem and during games, depict police officers as pigs, call police officers slave catchers, depict a police officer with his throat being slit, praise an oppressive Communist dictator, and they are not being divisive, but the President calls out their behavior and he is being divisive. The liberal mind never ceases to amaze.

  7. A very sad man who was given the American Dream, no denying that earned it through some hard work but is a disgrace to the true American Dream because he couldn’t make it in his own Country.

  8. The fact that people are tuning in to see kneeling WOW the NFL has problems ! We are talking kneeling ,,,not the game ,,,,,,not the game ,,,kneeling !

  9. The fact that people are tuning in to see kneeling WOW the NFL has problems ,,,not the game ,,,, not the games ,,, we’re talkin kneeling !

  10. I don’t even understand how any American can support not standing for the National Anthem when you are in a foreign country! Americans are so into their causes today that they just seem to be over the top on everything. Just because Trump is wrong to call for firings. The people kneeling now are not even kneeling for what Keap. started kneeling for. It’s more about “nobody telling people when they should be fired.” Which is certainly American but non patriotic! This is quickly become a hot mess.

  11. Wow! What they failed to mention was that they players all stood during the UK anthem. They probably are not aware of the history of racism in the UK. In the past fans have routinely made gorilla noises and thrown bananas at African players. The country also had a deep part in the slave trade. These guys really need to educate themselves. Boycott Ravens and Jags upon their return.

  12. It was nice to see the 80,000 people of the great nation of Rngland standing and respecting our flag and anthem for what it represents

    I just have a hard time understanding how so many support a movement for “social justice” started by a guy who supports Fidel Castro and thinks cops should be slaughtered like pigs

  13. Ravens stand for UK anthem, no injustice in foreign countries, just in their neighborhoods. No wonder Ray was the leader.

  14. “It was a privilege to stand…”
    …but you didn’t kneel. What is that, Shad? That’s right, you know who pays your bills.

  15. At Trumps next KKK rally he going to go after the WNBA

    It’s been done already. Hillary opened a WNBA game in the past with her friends and mentor…Robert Byrd. Grand Mufti of the KKK

  16. Wow! What they failed to mention was that they players all stood during the UK anthem. They probably are not aware of the history of racism in the UK. In the past fans have routinely made gorilla noises and thrown bananas at African players. The country also had a deep part in the slave trade. These guys really need to educate themselves. Boycott Ravens and Jags upon their return.

    My friend, Im am sure the college tutors for these future NFL players/activists couldn’t be. taught to pass American history, let alone world history

  17. It is incredible that the same people who keep saying Trumps words were divisive do not acknowledge kneelin for the anthem is divisive. We live in different worlds.

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