Shad Khan, the billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars who donated $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration, joined his players on the field Sunday and locked arms with them as they protested Trump calling on NFL owners to fire players if they knelt during the national anthem.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) forms released after Trump’s inauguration in April, Khan donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.
Khan locked arms with his players in a show of solidarity as the national anthem played before their game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Members of both the Jaguars and Ravens knelt during the playing of the national anthem.
Shad Kahn, owner of the Jaguars, locking arms with his players during the National Anthem in London. pic.twitter.com/EqgvAuNj81
— David Blaustein (@blaustein) September 24, 2017
Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan: pic.twitter.com/aMO8cHDWYb
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
Trump on Friday called on NFL owners to fire any player who kneels during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now,'” Trump said at a rally in Alabama on Friday. “‘He is fired.'”
Trump’s comments were met with rebukes from multiple NFL players and the head of the NFL players’ union as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who called Trump’s comments “divisive” and said they showed a “lack of respect for the NFL.”