Trump has aimed his scope at the NFL and fired multiple shots at both its players and owners.
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While some have fallen prey to his false narratives and ignorant tweets, one powerful voice stepped up to the mic at Crains’ executive conference in Chicago yesterday to call Trump out for his divisiveness, one who formerly supported Trump financially.
Jags’ owner Shad Khan.
“You have to give Trump credit, people are confused on the First Amendment versus patriotism, that if you exercise your First Amendment you’re not a patriot, which is crazy… People are confused on it, (Trump) knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”
Khan had donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration last year but was taken back by his venom directed at immigrants and Muslims, both of which Khan represents as he came to the U.S. in 1967 from Pakistan to study engineering.
He recognizes Trump’s strategy for attacking as a way to generate attention and wasn’t afraid to call him out for it. “A lot of the stuff like football (that) Trump does is highly calculatedhe looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up.”
The Jags’ owner pulled no punches when discussing Trump and his team, particularly his former advisor and current executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon.
“Steve Bannon or whoever is analyzing the data realizes, ‘How do I get elected?’ I get elected by dividing this person or this group against this group. What are the worst fears, phobias somebody has, how do I tap that button and get them with my people. There’s a lot of predictive behavior here.”
Khan is no stranger to the racism which exists in sports, even calling out his fellow NFL owners.
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Shahid Khan, owner of the Jaguars, stands with the players this morning
“You’ve got a bunch of 85-year-old guys who don’t think they’re racist, but they are racist.”
Sounds like Khan might be the most woke owner in the League.