NFL Owner Claims Trump Is Targeting League Due To ‘Jealousy’

The furor over the National Anthem controversy that surrounds the National Football League has died down for the most part, but there’s still plenty of bantering going on back and forth. President Donald Trump continues to hit certain notes on social media, and the merry go round of commentary continues to spin round and round. As the Daily Mail shares, one NFL owner has a theory on why Trump brought the issue up in the first place.

Shahid Khan is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he points out that Trump was part of a failed bid for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. As Khan sees it, the real heart of the matter is that Trump is jealous because he wasn’t able to enter the exclusive fraternity of NFL owners.

“This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan said in an interview with USA Today. “He's been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely. So to make it tougher, or hurt the league, it's very calculated.”

That’s one possibility, but it’s also possible that POTUS is displeased with the fact that a number of athletes have taken to sitting or kneeling when the anthem is played. He could also be as confused by the whole thing as the vast majority of American voters are, as there are conflicting explanations out there as to exactly what the goal of protesting the anthem is. In any event, Khan indicates that the angst Trump may feel is nothing in comparison to what he sees emanating from the White House.

“Let's get real. The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews. I think the NFL does not even come close to that on the level of being offensive,” Khan continued. “Here, it's about money, or messing with - trying to soil a league or a brand that he's jealous of.”

It’s an interesting theory - albeit a controversial one - but it seems unlikely that the president would simply manufacture a controversy out of spite. Would he manufacture one to get his point across? Perhaps, and there’s theories that suggest he knew exactly what he was doing by stirring the pot as he did. Regardless, Khan has some other bones to pick with the commander-in-chief.

“That's one aspect that you can imagine - someone is getting a visa that will change their life is from a Muslim-majority country - and now, boom, that dream to change lives, they get locked out,” added Khan. “That's a hell of a lot more significant than fighting some sponsors or people who want their money back because they've been riled up.”

By Khan’s line of reasoning, we could build a theory that suggests that he’s putting it out there that the president is jealous simply because he doesn’t care for his politics. Of course, there’s also the possibility that Khan really believes it - kind of like how Trump gets ticked off when he sees athletes disrespecting the flag and anthem.

Source: MailOnline
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