The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shadid Khan, stepped onto the football field and locked arms with players in a show of solidarity during a game with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Many NFL players are following Colin Kaeperinick's lead, which began last year to bring attention to racist police brutality. Now, players are taking a stand against President Trump's comments about athletes taking a knee during the national anthem.
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired!"
In light of Trump's disparaging remarks and policies against Muslims, it seemed natural for the Pakistani-American, who is Sunni Muslim and the only minority team owner in the NFL, to stand with his team. So what's the problem?
And Khan's not the only NFL owner to do so. The Washington Redskins' Dan Synder and the New England Patriots' Bob Kraft also donated $1 million to Trump. And what's more, in what many see as a blackballing by NFL owners, Kaepernick still hasn't been signed to a team.
So does this mean he's also asking for a $1 million refund from the inauguration? 🤔— Champagne Baba (@RocOutStunner) September 24, 2017
There’s no way a Muslim-American man didn’t know what 45 was about ages ago. It’s inexcusable.— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 24, 2017