Jacksonville Jaguars owner: Trump 'jealous of' NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars owner: Trump 'jealous of' NFL
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The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars said he thinks President Trump is "jealous" of the NFL after the president's failed attempt to buy a team.

During an interview with USA Today Sports, Shad Khan said this is a "very personal issue" with Trump. 

“He’s been elected president, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely,” Khan said.


“So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated,” he added.

Khan said that, compared to Trump's attacks on Muslims and minorities, the NFL "doesn't even come close to that on the level of being offensive."

"Here, it’s about money, or messing with — trying to soil a league or a brand that he’s jealous of," Khan said.

Trump's attempt in 2014 to buy the Buffalo Bills didn't succeed, according to the publication.

Khan also spoke about Trump's travel ban, saying that it will have more significant impacts on peoples' lives than the president's attacks on the NFL.

“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,” Khan said.

“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,” he said.

Trump in recent weeks has attacked NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, saying the action is disrespectful to the flag and the country's soldiers.

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country," the president said in a tweet on Wednesday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league will not implement a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.