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Jaguars owner says jealousy drives Trump attacks

first_img0Shares0000Team owner Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars walks out to the field prior to the start of their game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on September 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida © Getty/AFP/File / Logan BowlesNEW YORK, United States, Oct 19 – Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan says US President Donald Trump is “jealous” of the NFL and trying to soil its image in “personal” attacks in an interview with USA Today published Thursday.The 67-year-old Pakistani-born American billionaire, who also owns English football club Fulham, spoke at NFL owners meetings in New York, where team owners and players met to discuss Trump’s call for the league to force all players to stand for the pre-game playing of the US national anthem. “This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan told the newspaper, calling Trump “a divider, not a uniter” and noting Trump’s failed 2014 bid to purchase the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.“He has 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.”Khan, who purchased the Jaguars in 2011 for $760 million, linked arms with players during the US anthem in September in the days after Trump first spoke out against NFL players kneeling in protest during the anthem, calling for them to be fired.Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest kneel move last year to raise awareness of racial inequality and social injustice issues in the wake of several fatal police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.Trump has accused players of insulting the flag, the nation and its soldiers by kneeling for the anthem while players have steadfastly denied any such motives. Many teams have interlocked arms in unity during the anthem with some players kneeling at games across the league, using the very freedoms the US flag represents.Khan said the NFL issue is a lesser one compared to the ethic and religious insults and remarks Trump has uttered since starting his run for office.“Let’s get real,” Khan told USA Today. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews — I think 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.”Trump tweeted Wednesday in the wake of the NFL refusing to require players stand during the anthem that the league was showing “total disrespect” for the nation.The NFL remains the most popular US sports league and the world’s richest sports league at $3.2 billion in total income, it’s 32 teams averaging $2.5 billion in value. The Dallas Cowboys are valued at a league-high $4.8 billion with a Bills at a low of $1.6 billion in Forbes magazine’s list of team worth published last month.Khan was among seven NFL team owners who made financial contributions to Trump, donating $1 million to his inaguration fund, a move he says he does not regret.“I have no regrets in life,” Khan said. “This ugly, toxic side sours the whole experience.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Trio Named to MVC All-Conference Teams

first_imgST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s basketball team had three student-athletes selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) collected first team honors for the third-consecutive season while junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) earned first team honors for the second straight season. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) garnered All-MVC honorable mention accolades along with being named to the MVC All-Freshman Team. Freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) joined Rhine on the MVC All-Freshman Team. Wendell has started every game so far this season and led the MVC in scoring at 20.3 points per game along with finishing third in steals at 2.1, sixth in field goal percentage at 47.1 percent and tied for 11th in assists per game at 2.7. She reached double figures in every contest and posted a league-high 16 20-point scoring games. Wendell is the first Bulldog since former standout Jill Martin to be named to the MVC first team three times in a career.Ingle, a point guard, has also started every game this season and averaged 10.1 points per game. She averaged a league-leading 6.9 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the nation. Ingle recently passed the 500-assist mark and currently has 506 assists to rank fifth all-time at Drake and 14th all-time in the Valley. She tied her career-high with 15 assists in the win over Evansville on March 3 and had seven games of handing out 10 or more assists. Rhine shined in her first season as a Bulldog. Coming off the bench, she averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while leading the conference in shooting at 63.1 percent. Rhine recorded four double-doubles and scored in double digits in 20 games while averaging just 19.6 minutes per game. Bachrodt started all 29 games in her first season and averaged 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She finished fifth on the team in three-pointers made with 19. The first-year honors for Bachrodt and Rhine mark the third consecutive season, Drake has placed two on the MVC All-Freshman team. They join Ingle and Wendell in 2014 and Becca Jonas and Maddy Dean in 2015. Drake begins play at the 2016 MVC Tournament in Moline, Ill. on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs play the winner of No. 7 Illinois State vs. No. 10 Evansville. First Team All-ConferenceCaitlin Ingle, DrakeTaylor Johnson, LoyolaCartaesha Macklin, Southern IllinoisTaylor Manuel, LoyolaRishonda Napier, Southern IllinoisDyana Pierre, Southern IllinoisTyonna Snow, Missouri StateAmber Sorenson, UNIMadison Weekly, UNILizzy Wendell, DrakeKenzie Williams, Missouri State Honorable Mention All-ConferenceRangie Bessard, Wichita StateCierra Ceazer, Indiana StateSara Dickey, EvansvilleJen Keitel, UNISara Rhine, Drake All-Freshman TeamSammie Bachrodt, DrakeShakeela Fowler, Illinois StateGrace Goodhart, LoyolaSara Rhine, DrakeDakota Vann, Loyola Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more