Its a battle of the billionaires as Jacksonville Jaguars boss Shad Khan recently accused President Donald Trump of being “jealous” of the NFL.
“This is a very personal issue with him,” said Khan, who purchased the Jaguars in 2012. He added that Trump’s perceived NFL obsession is “about money, or messing with — trying to soil a league or a brand that he’s jealous of.”
Khan was referring to Trump’s constant criticism of the NFL and its owners, particularly as it relates to players league-wide kneeling during the national anthem to protest the injustice perpetrated against African Americans in the U.S.
Trump has called on NFL owners to fire any player who doesn’t stand for the anthem.
Trump tried unsuccessfully to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014. He was previously an owner in the long-defunct United States Football League (USFL).
Khan believes Trump may still be bitter because he wasn’t able to use his long money to buy an NFL team.
“He’s been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely,” Khan told USA Today Sports. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated.”