The Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, says he knows the real reason Donald Trump is so obsessed with how the NFL does business.
“This is a very personal issue with him,” said Khan on Wednesday as NFL owners wrapped up two days of meetings in Lower Manhattan.
It was back in 2014 when Trump made a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. He ultimately failed, and now the NFL is one of his favorite punching bags. He Tweeted Wednesday, that the NFL is demonstrating “total disrespect” for the nation because it is not forcing players to stand for the national anthem.
As of now the league and its owners have stayed somewhat quiet and made very little public response to Trump, although New York Giants co-owner John Mara said: “I’m shocked,” when asked for a response to the President’s tweet. But Jaguars owner Khan didn’t hold back.
“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 also characterized Trump as “a divider, not a uniter.”
Khan was also asked if he was aware of Trump insulting the widow of a Green Beret, LaDavid Johnson? During a phone call this week he told the widow, “He knew what he was signing up for,” Khan simply shook his head.
“It’s so bad,” said Khan, who had seen the news reports. “It’s below the lowest of the lowest expectations. It doesn’t sound rational. It’s bizarre.”
Noting the irony, Khan reminded Trump, who accused the NFL for a lack of patriotism and national pride, that the President himself once again stands accused of great disrespect toward the family of a fallen soldier.