JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some Jaguars fans are upset about comments made by new team owner Shahid Khan. Others are supporting him.
Khan made the comments during Wednesday's introduction of new head coach Mike Mularkey. "For me a fan is somebody who is a season ticket holder for the Jaguars. So that is a key definition we need to get out. We want to hear from people, we want a huge amount of constructive feedback. We need input, but we need that from fans who are season ticket holders," Khan said.
Later Wednesday night, Khan's representative Jim Woodcock told us that Khan was joking when he made the comments about fans and it was an off-the-cuff comment.
He said Khan clarified that on a local radio show, but he would not comment further. He did e-mail this comment from Khan:
"All it takes to be a Jaguars fan is to love the Jaguars. And if you love the Jaguars, you're the most important person to me and the entire organization."
Ever since Khan made the statement, twitter and our Facebook page have been blowing up with comments. As of midnight Thursday, We had more than 100 comments on our Facebook page.
What people in Jacksonville were saying:
"Fans aren't season ticket holders, they're anybody who loves football," said Traci Soenksen.
Mike Ricci said, "The team makes money in merchandizing and all sorts of things like that. I think a lot my friends are long time supporters of the Jaguars and they can't afford season tickets and I think that's quite wrong of him to say, even he was joking."
"In the heat of the moment we all say things that just come to our head, and sometimes going back and thinking about it, we rethink of what we said and realize it must not have been the best thing to say," said Alisha Brown.
Kevin Brown said, "People can always mess up and whenever you have a camera in your face and you're just talking to the interview and you just say something and you're like oh, I guess I didn't mean that at all. Who, knows. He's new, so I'll give him some slack for that."
First Coast News