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The Owner Of The Jacksonville Jaguars Just Went Off On Trump And The Other “Racist” NFL Owners

Less than a year ago, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn donated $1 million to help put on Donald Trump’s inauguration – but he is definitely not standing with the president after the tweeter-in-chief’s criticism of NFL players who take a knee during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner to protest continuing racism in America.

As the only Muslim and only non-white owner of an NFL franchise, Kahn took a dramatically different position after these tweets by the president in September.

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At the next game, Kahn linked arms with his players as they kneeled during the playing of the national anthem to make clear where his loyalties lie.

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It was a moment that put him firmly on the side of the protesters.

In a speech this week at an executive conference for Crain’s Who’s Who in Chicago Business, Kahn, who was born in Pakistan, explained his actions, reports Crain’s Chicago Business.

“I had heard from a lot of the players what their feelings were,” Kahn explained, “how offended they were (by Trump’s comments) and what they were going to do and my concern was that they don’t do anything to hurt themselves.”

“We wanted to do something as a team,” he added, “because a team divided against itself cannot stand.”
Since then Trump has personally lobbied some of the NFL owners to “demand” that they make their players stand for the playing of the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has come out in support of Trump.

Kahn isn’t going to be one of them – but he knows the other owners all too well. When he first tried to by the St. Louis Rams in 2012, he felt the sting of their racist’s views. He said in his Chicago speech this week they had no idea how racist they are.

“You’ve got a bunch of 85-year-old guys who don’t think they’re racist, but they are racist,” said Kahn.
Kahn’s spokesman later clarified his comments, saying he was speaking based on what others told him back then.

In his Chicago speech, Kahn said Trump – who he once supported – was “the great divider.”

“You have to give Trump credit,” said Kahn, “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,” added Kahn. “(Trump) knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”
The self-made millionaire then added that the president does all of this with a purpose.

He said Trump knows what buttons to push to rouse his supporters.

“A lot of stuff like football (that) Trump does is highly calculated – he looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up,” said Kahn, adding that the president is following the people like former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

“Steve Bannon or whoever is analyzing the data realize, ‘How do I get elected?’ I get elected by dividing this person or this group against this group,” explained Kahn.

“What are the worst fears, phobias somebody has” added Kahn, “how do I tap that button and get them with my people. There’s a lot of predictive behavior here.”
On Tuesday, we can predict Kahn will stand with the players over their right to express their personal feelings about social injustice and how society treats minorities, especially in the era of a White Supremacist loving president.

Whether the other owners will agree or not is unclear, but this is one time it is unlikely Trump will get his way.

Of course, Trump will probably then use that as fodder to attack the NFL and the players, which will score points with his political base of haters, the deplorable and right-wing fanatics.

What Trump almost certainly will not hear is his own favorite catchphrase used on the stars of the league. The owners will not be saying to them, “You’re fired.”

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