Colin Kaepernick—who made headlines last season by kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice in the United States—is still unsigned. With just two weeks to go until the regular season, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone still has no idea who his starting quarterback is going to be for the team’s regular season opener on Sept. 10.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of a quarterback crisis. It’s gotten so bad that QB Chad Henne, not former No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles, got the start in the team’s preseason tilt with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.
Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Shad Khan reportedly would be open to throwing Colin Kaepernick. Speaking to the team’s flagship radio station, Khan responded “absolutely” when asked whether he would support signing Kaepernick if the team’s front office wanted to do it.
According to 1010 XL, Khan said that while he would not have knelt during the national anthem to protest social injustice in the United States the way Kaepernick did, the billionaire businessman respects the quarterback’s right to express his beliefs.
The radio network’s game-day co-host, Mike Dempsey, furthermore tweeted Thursday night that although Khan said he “would not have done what” Kaepernick did to protest how Americans of colour are generally mistreated” — that is, by refusing to stand last season during the pregame playing of the U.S. National Anthem — Khan “respected his right as an American to express himself.”
Just saw Jags owner Shad Khan. Asked him if his football people recommended signing Kaepernick, would he be OK w/ it. Answer: “Absolutely.”
— Mike Dempsey (@md_1010xl) August 24, 2017
Shad Khan, is an American billionaire and business tycoon. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars ,the English Football League Championship team Fulham F.C, and automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate in Urbana, Illinois. Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and he moved to the United States in 1967 at age 16.