‘Divisive’ and ‘Disastrous’: The Most Biting Comments N.F.L. Owners Made About Trump

‘Divisive’ and ‘Disastrous’: The Most Biting Comments N.F.L. Owners Made About Trump

‘Divisive’ and ‘Disastrous’: The Most Biting Comments N.F.L. Owners Made About Trump

Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, speaking during the team’s visit to the White House in 2017.CreditSamuel Corum/Getty Images

Team owners, players and league executives held a confidential meeting in October, when they were under sharp criticism from President Trump over national anthem protests. During the three-hour session, the owners were particularly eager to find a way to avoid further public rebukes from Mr. Trump. [The full story on the private meeting is here.]

“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America. It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

— Patriots owner Robert Kraft​

Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.CreditSteve Dykes/Getty Images

“We’ve got to be careful not to be baited by Trump or whomever else. We have to find a way to not be divided and not get baited.”

​“Another fact I want to throw out there: Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump. Yes, there are some. There are some players who do, too.”

“But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one disastrous presidency. Don’t quote me.”

— Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie


Terry Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Bills.CreditBrett Carlsen/Getty Images

“All Donald needs to do is to start to do this again. We need some kind of immediate plan because of what’s going on in society. All of us now, we need to put a Band-Aid on what’s going on in the country.”

​— Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula​


Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.CreditRob Carr/Getty Images

“All the damage Trump’s going to do is done​.​”

​— Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan

Ken Belson covers the N.F.L. He joined the Sports section in 2009 after stints in Metro and Business. From 2001 to 2004, he wrote about Japan in the Tokyo bureau.

Published at Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:24:47 +0000

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