With teams now travelling overseas to play for fans in London, Sunday football is starting earlier than ever and so are the protests. During the Jaguars vs. Ravens game on Sunday morning, a number of Jaguars players kneeled while others stood and locked arms. And among the six-foot-plus guys in uniforms, was a man in a suit, who just happened to be the Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan.
The Pakistani-American is the only minority owner in the league and decided to show unity by standing with his players. However, it must be noted that Khan did donate $1 million to Trump’s presidential campaign. He decided not to make a public statement on this, but referred to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement instead, with a spokesperson saying, “Commissioner Goodell’s statement speaks for Mr. Khan and the Jaguars.”
Goodell’s original statement read,”Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
The NFL’s uptick in players protesting the anthem is the result of Trump saying that NFL owners should respond to the players by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”
Trump is trying to divide the NFL’s players and its owners. And by the look of it, so far it’s not working.