Amid continuing calls from President Trump for the NFL to create a policy forcing all players to stand for the national anthem, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said that Trump’s frequent criticism stems from being “jealous” of Khan and other owners. Khan also called the president “a divider, not a uniter,” and claimed that Trump’s “attacks” on some minority groups, including Muslims and Jews, are far more “offensive” than any issue emanating from the NFL.

The topic of player protests during the national anthem was high on the NFL’s agenda during the annual owners meetings in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several players participated in some of those sessions, with an eye toward resolving the impasse over the protests, but the league ended its meetings by making no changes to its policy, although Commissioner Roger Goodell said believes “everyone should stand” for the anthem.

“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning. “Total disrespect for our great country!”

In response to the president’s criticism, Giants owner John Mara said Wednesday, “We’re all aware that’s going to continue, but we can’t allow ourselves to get baited by that.”

However, Khan, who purchased the Jaguars in 2011, was more than willing to fire back at Trump. In comments to USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, the 67-year-old owner said, “He’s been elected president, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely.

“So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated.”

Trump failed in an attempt to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014, following a stint as an owner in the USFL in the 1980s. His experience in the upstart league included an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL that resulted in the USFL being awarded just $1, an amount tripled to $3 per established practice in antitrust cases, after which the league folded.

“Let’s get real,” Khan said Wednesday. “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.”

Khan, a self-made billionaire who was born in Pakistan before emigrating to the United States in the 1960s and gaining citizenship in 1991, was among seven NFL owners who contributed $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund. “I have no regrets in life,” he said of that decision, but he added, “This ugly, toxic side sours the whole experience.”

One of the NFL owners who linked arms with players during the anthem after Trump used the term “son of a bitch” in sharply condemning the player protests at an Alabama rally, Khan has been critical of the president before. At an executive conference for Crain’s Who’s Who in Chicago Business last week, the owner wryly noted that Trump deserved “credit” for helping pit “the First Amendment versus patriotism.”

“If you exercise your First Amendment you’re not a patriot, which is crazy,” Khan said. ” … People are confused on it, [Trump] knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”

However, in another episode reflective of the complexities of the anthem issue, the Jaguars’ team president recently apologized to the city of Jacksonville’s director of military affairs, as well as local military representatives, after some players knelt during the anthem before a September game in London, then stood during a rendition of “God Save the Queen.”

“It bears repeating that we were remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration occurring on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country,” the team president, Mark Lamping, wrote in a letter to city officials dated Oct. 6 (via ESPN). “Similarly, we today can better appreciate how standing for God Save The Queen may have been viewed negatively by our armed forces here in Jacksonville and beyond.”

On Wednesday, Khan told Bell he was aware of reports that Trump told the widow of an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger, “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.” The president denied making that comment.

“It’s so bad,” said Khan. “It’s below the lowest of the lowest expectations. It doesn’t sound rational. It’s bizarre.”

The Jaguars owner also took issue with Trump’s proposed bans on travel to the U.S. by citizens of several majority-Muslim countries, saying, “Boom, that dream to change lives, they get locked out.” He added, “That’s a hell of a lot more significant than fighting some sponsors or people who want their money back because they’ve been riled up.”

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