Which NFL Owners Support Donald Trump? List of Those Who Have Donated to the President

Since he first announced his candidacy in June 2015, President Donald Trump has never been shy about his NFL connections. The president has often boasted about his relationship with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his friendship with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Miami Dolphins boss Stephen Ross.

Trump's cozy relationship with football, however, appears to have soured in recent weeks in the wake of the widespread protests that followed George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25.

Last week, Trump rebuked Roger Goodell after the NFL commissioner condemned racism and acknowledged the league had not done enough to heed black players' calls for justice, suggesting Goodell was encouraging players to kneel during the national anthem.

While the league, players and coaches have been vocal in demanding social changes, with the exception of Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis—who backed players to protest—and 49ers CEO Jed York—who donated $1 million to social justice organizations—team owners have been conspicuous by their absence.

Their reluctance to speak out can be traced back to their support of Trump. According to Federal Election Commission records, the following owners have all dug into their pockets to support either Trump's campaign directly or its joint fundraising arm over the last four years.

Jerry Jones—Dallas Cowboys

The outspoken Cowboys owner was a vocal supporter of Trump over the issue of players kneeling during the national anthem in 2017 and also backed the president financially.

Data from the Federal Election Commission shows that Glenstone LP, a firm linked to Jones and registered at the same address as the Cowboys, donated over $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee.

Robert Kraft—New England Patriots

Trump has often boasted about his friendship with the New England Patriots owner, whose company donated approximately $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee.

The duo have also had their disagreements, with Kraft criticizing Trump in 2017 after the President blasted NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to protest against social and racial injustice.

Stan Kroenke—Los Angeles Rams

Like Kraft, the Rams owner donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee. Kroenke, however, did not back Trump on the anthem protests in 2017, when the Rams released a statement indicating they supported "our players' freedom to peacefully express themselves and the meaningful efforts they make to bring about positive change in our country."

Shad Khan—Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars owner also donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee but last year distanced himself from the president's approach on social issues.

"I had been a big fan of the economic policies," Khan said on stage at Yahoo Finance's All Markets Summit last September.

"I think it's very clear on social issues—immigration, religion, what have you—I think we need to have a different viewpoint."

Robert McNair—Houston Texans

The late Houston Texans owner—he died in 2018—outdid all his counterparts by donating over $1.5 million to Trump's inaugural committee, his campaign and Trump Victory over a two-year span from 2016.

Janice McNair, the current Texans owner, is far less involved in politics than her late husband but has nevertheless donated $5,000 to the Great America Committee, which was set up by Vice President Mike Pence to support Trump's re-election bid.

Woody Johnson—New York Jets

The current U.S. ambassador to the U.K., donated around $1.5 million to Trump's inaugural and campaign committees. In May last year, he donated a further $360,000 to Trump Victory, a joint committee set up by Trump and the Republican Party.

In August last year, CNBC reported the New York Jets owner was expected to make further contributions to the president's re-election campaign.

Stephen Ross—Miami Dolphins

In August last year, Ross hosted a lavish fundraiser for Trump on Long Island, New York.

The Dolphins owner, however, has previously distanced himself from the president.

"I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions," he said in a statement at the time.

Dan Snyder—Washington Redskins

Snyder donated $1.1. million to Trump's inaugural committee and Trump Victory, while his wife, Tanya, donated just over $500 to Trump's electoral campaign.

Ed GlazerTampa Bay Buccaneers

Ed Glazer donated $98,000 to Trump's campaign in 2016 and a further $250,000 towards the president's inauguration. In 2018 Glazer, whose family also owns Manchester United, hosted a campaign fundraising event for Trump in Beverly Hills, with guests paying between $35,000 and $250,000 to attend.

James HaslamCleveland Browns

Haslam personally donated $100,000 to Trump's inaugural committee, while his company Pilot Travel Centers contributed a further $300,000. Haslam and his wife, Dee, however, criticised Trump's stance over players protesting during the national anthem as "misguided" and "uninformed" after the president had urged owners to fire players kneeling during the anthem.

While a host of NFL owners have backed Trump, according to Forbes New York Giants' co-owner Jonathan Tisch and his wife Lizzie have donated $5,600 to Joe Biden's campaign, while Tisch's sister Laurie donated $1,000.

The Tischs have also donated to other Democratic candidates, namely Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

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US President Donald Trump holds a jersey given to him by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) and head coach Bill Belichick (L) alongside members of the team during a ceremony honoring them as 2017 Super Bowl Champions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 19, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty