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Sports Team Owner Calls Trump The 'Great Divider' For Criticizing the NFL

The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars is jumping into the fray and taking sides in the battle between President Donald Trump and the NFL. According to Shad Khan, who donated a hefty amount of money to Trump's campaign, the president is taking advantage of the issue to cause more division among Americans. He points out that the president has a pattern of this behavior.

Khan once showed support for Trump by donating $1 million to the president's inaugural committee. More recently, Khan showed support for his team by locking arms with his players as the National Anthem played before their game against the Baltimore Ravens on September 24. Khan says Trump is a 'great divider'.

Trump started a firestorm with the NFL when he pounded on a controversy that had been brewing all last year. Many NFL players had taken to silent protests during the anthem by 'taking a knee' instead of standing in respect. Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49er, was the first to get major publicity from the stunt, and many of his fellow athletes followed suit.

It had been a hot-button debate for many Americans, but it blew up once the president jumped in to criticize the players harshly for their disrespect. At a Pennsylvania rally, Trump said that the 'b--tards' should be fired if they take a knee.

He also went on a Twitter rant over the issue. "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect... our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!" Trump complained in a series of tweets. "Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country. It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY."

Khan finally spoke Thursday and gave the president a back-handed complement. "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," he said at a Who's Who in Chicago Business conference. "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."

"Politics and the Western world will never be the same again," Khan continued. "A lot of the stuff like football [that] Trump does is highly calculated — he looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up."

Trump blasting the NFL did act a bit like throwing gas on a fire, the issue exploded overnight, forcing many to take sides. Owners, players and even fans of the NFL have come forward to praise players who kneel for exercising their First Amendment rights, while others have come forward in protest. If division is what Trump was going for, it worked like a charm.  

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