Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined other NFL owners on Sunday in a swift response to President Donald Trump’s comments regarding NFL protests.
During a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump commented on the the ongoing trend NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem."Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired,'" said Trump.
Kahn issued this statement Sunday during the Ravens-Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London:
“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.”
The Jaguars defeated the Ravens 44-7 in one of the most lopsided wins in team history.
The President Tweeted Sunday about the issue and stood by his statements:
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
...NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
© 2018 Cox Media Group.