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Jaguars owner locked arms with players before NFL’s first game Sunday

Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguards, locked arms with his players during the national anthem before a game in London. Twitter

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan may have donated $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, but on Sunday Khan stood in solidarity with his players as the NFL kicked off its slate of games with a matchup in London.

Jaguars players locked arms — some kneeled — in response to Trump, who renewed his attacks on the league Sunday and called for owners to “Fire or suspend” players who did not stand for the national anthem.

Khan called it a privilege to stand arm-in-arm with players during the national anthem in London.

Khan stood between tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith at Wembley Stadium and then released a statement to express his support for players. Coaches and other team personnel from both teams did the same before the game against the Ravens.


About two dozen players on both teams kneeled, something President Donald Trump has said owners should fire players for.

‘‘It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the US national anthem at Wembley Stadium,’’ Khan said. ‘‘I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem.’’

Here is Khan’s full statement: