February 11, 2010, - 12:38 pm

Who is Shahid Khan?: No Limbaugh for NFL; But Tax Cheat Muslim (Named for “Martyrdom”) A-OK

By Debbie Schlussel

The St. Louis Rams just announced that the team is being sold by relatives of late owner Georgia Frontiere to Shahid Khan, a Pakistani Muslim (who is named for Islamic martyrdom) from Illinois, who owns Flex-N-Gate Corporation, an auto parts manufacturer.  But what’s interesting is that when Rush Limbaugh was a minority partner in a venture to buy the Rams, the NFL and its Commissioner, Roger Goodell, objected.


Not so with Khan, even though  he’s had a number of questionable dealings with the IRS and tax problems.  Normally those would be a problem with the NFL ownership committee.  But maybe the NFL makes exceptions in the interest of Muslim affirmative action.  Hey, it’s a good thing the football is no longer made of real pigskin, right?  And in case you were wondering, his first name means “martyr,” as in martyr for Islam.  Islamic terrorists call themselves shahids.

So who is Shahid Kahn? . . . He and his wife are involved in some on-going financial legal battles. . . . Khan and his wife, Ann, filed law suits last summer in Champaign County Circuit Court against several financial advisors. The couple claims they lost money when misled on tax-advantaged investment strategies. According to court records, the IRS investigated the Khan’s tax returns between 1999 and 2003. They found potentially abusive [DS: translation, “illegal”] tax shelters involving $250 million.

Khan says he and his wife, Ann, quickly paid back the IRS $68 million, but he also appealed the payment. The Khan’s battle continues this week with his former financial advisors. They are being sued for negligence and professional malpractice for suggesting the couple invest in “distressed debt”, a strategy to lower taxes by using weak foreign currency. The next court date is scheduled for March 23.

Like I said, conservative minority owners in the NFL–verboten; but Muslim tax cheats named for Islamic martyrdom–YAY! Gee, I wonder if Mr. Khan will denounce HAMAS and Hezbollah. Actually, I don’t wonder because I know the answer: don’t bet on it.  And the spineless NFL and its owners won’t have the guts to ask him, either.

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252 Responses

Wow that article is full of neo-white *hit. Get your head out of your arse and try to look beyond your own culture and border Debbie Schlussel………..then again you are a bimbo so wouldn’t expect much with your IQ or diversity.

AntiRacist on April 13, 2010 at 6:28 am

apparently the arabic word for martyr is pronounced as shaheed, where as his name is pronounced literally as shahid, and means something else. shahid sounded to girly to be an arabic name anyway. i would expect someone like sczion who’s read the koran, hadith, and sira to know this. or experts like deb should have known this. i wonder what else they don’t know.
btw, i’ve read the bible, torah, koran, ramayana, talmud, and vedas. in their native languages.

sc on April 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm


This is a horrible article, if you want to denounce someone
for bad choice for NFL ownership you shouldn’t drag religion and
his name into it. I know I didn’t personally choose my name why
hold it against him?

You’re absurd.

Xavier Phoenix on April 22, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Honestly, such an appalling, brainless and xenophobic article. The gentleman named is related to me and known to be a great contributor to the community he lives in- very popular for his works though a very private family man. So, it is truly sad to come across such stupid writings, that make one wonder how dumb and prejudiced some people are.

    Ill informed too! In Pakistan SHAHID (spelt this way) is a common name and means: ‘Witness’. SHAHEED (spelt this way) means martyr.

    I cannot believe this lady is a professional in the media. She sounds like another Ann Coulter!

    nad on March 27, 2011 at 1:32 am


Even though you’re a filthy racist, and obviously un-American, I’d still love to bury MY pigskin in your tightend, you naughty wide-receiver…
Girls are so dumb, they shouldn’t be allowed to talk about sports…or have a public soapbox. Or vote.
Its not their faults, though, they only have half a brain. Seriously. Its science.

Yours truly,


vince carter on April 22, 2010 at 4:12 am


you honestly have mental problems which probably stem from elder family members of yours that have abused you. I’m sorry you had a rough childhood, it is not your fault but that of who raised you.

james on May 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

Clearly either you are an ignorant or a jealous propogandist. What ever you are you have started this article with a big lie. Do you have any idea that how easy it is to find the meaning of any name. Just Google it. SHAHID means “WITNESS” not “MARTYR”. People like you are such a negative influence on the society and create mischiefs to distract and divide.

shahid on May 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm


RAHAF MOHAMED on June 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I used to work for Mr. Khan as an airplane mechanic, and he is a very nice guy who may or may not have some tax issues. He runs good companies and has a love for America.

Chris on June 29, 2010 at 1:15 am

Why would NFL owners ask him about his opinions on HAMAS anyway? You are absolutely insane and have no place talking about football in any capacity. No, not because you’re a woman, but because you are fucking retarded.

Michael Orange on August 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm


You are a Moron….His name is from Urdu and the meeanings are below

Martyr : Saheed
Witness : Shahid

See the difference you “searching Wikipedia for reference” bigot..!!!!

Receive this load on August 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I worked for Mr Khan for ten years, and he is a very inteligent and thoughtful man. Why would anyone talk about being a Muslim or the meaning of his name? He is all American and employs 1000’s of other Americans

Paul Kuhn on August 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

To whom it may concern!! I have known this man for years! He is not a muslim!!!! But he is a ruthless, prudent businessman with all the good and the bad that comes with it!

Annonymous on September 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

And!!! With regards to the IRS situation…did he use the tax shelter and estate laws to avoid paying some taxes! Well of course!! He probably did! And find me a businessman or executive that doesn’t do that!! It’s done all the time! The question is…did he do anything illegal or outside of the IRS parameters? That is for the lawyers, accountants and judges to figure out and not for the general public to judge him on!!!

annoymous on September 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

This is the most ridiculous, ignorant and idiotic blog I have ever read. Just thought I’d let you know.

Bill on December 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

well, I have to let you know(the author of this article) it is sad to see that you are so drowned in your hatred for muslims that you don’t have any idea what you are talking about..
Shahid is a arabic word and it means “witness” NOT martyr. Please correct your facts you dumb idiot hate monger racist

Shahid salim on February 16, 2011 at 2:35 am


Your racist and bigot writing (if that’s what you call it) does not reflect Mr. Khan but your anti Muslim and racist views.
Limbaugh has a term for someone like you and in your case, once in a life time, I agree with you.

You are a filthy racist pig.

American Muslim on April 29, 2011 at 10:49 am


I cannot believe that an ignorant moron like you walks among us and has the gall to voice your stupid, unfounded opinions! It must be all that pig meat in your system!

Get your facts right, loser!

First of all, Shahid means WITNESS!!!! Shaheed means MARTYR!!!

Secondly, who gave you the right to malign a man on the basis of his name and religion? You have serious mental issues and you need to get help right away before they need to lock you up for good!

Appalled American on August 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    hello i think your just jealous of shahid khans success and hate the fact that he is doing way better in life than you. but as someone else mentioned i think its just your upbringing that has made you so cold and callous. Please get a life. And one more thing you should go by your real name……Debbie Racist Dumbass

    PISSED OFF on February 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Shaheed, Shad, Shahid however you spell it, like as if I really care, does nothing but take from others. He purchases business for a low price, has his Underdogs put their own money into the place, takes the profit, and then runs the businessess into the ground!!!

After our company closed ( a highly profitable company) instead of investing 3,000,000.00 to update machinery and fix the roof, he decided to close it, putting 900 people out of work, and most almost losing their homes, what did he do? He bought a yacht called the Kismet.

When meeting him he seems nice, but you could almost feel the dagger, that he is legally allowed to carry for ceremonial reasons, which is totally bogus.

The guy has ruined hundreds possibly thousands of lives during his years of takeovers. Most people I worked with, rate him as a combination of Osama Bin Laden and Genghis Kahn, hey I wonder if they were all related, wouldnt surprise me, how can you trust someone whos male members of the family force their wives to hide their faces.

mike on November 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm


    I would like investigate this further if true. Please contact me at rm_const@msn.com

    Randy on December 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

Wow what an idiotic article, he cant buy the team because he is a muslim? You are a racist and xenophobic on top of being dumb as hell, shahid means witness not martyr, you think somebody who gets on their soapbox ranting and raving about how it means martyr should know the difference, stupid bitch.

Fazal Awan on November 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

That’s the best you can do? moron

wayne elton on November 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Horrible article. The deal for the Rams didn’t fall through because conservative Rush Limbaugh was in the purchase group, it was because one of guys who was already the minority owner of the team exercised his option to buy the team.

Paul on November 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

She is racist and dumb!

Rifat on November 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

gee, all these bad things people are saying about Debbie Schlussel make them look quite defensive, obviously she’s saying something true.

Bill Carson on November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I was so infuriated when I read the article and was ashamed that peole like her actually the citizen of my country. I was going to write a lengthy response to her article, until I read all the responses and couldn’t have been more proud to be an American. People like Debbie are no different then people like Osama bin laden whose only intentions are to propagate hate and fear. As far as being defensive, i believe it’s our duty to defend hatered and defending it doesn’t makes the hate monger right

Marc on November 30, 2011 at 6:09 am

Any one hit the keys can write an article… This is the standard of internet… Lame and Brainless…. this kinda people should prison for life!

Ryan on December 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

Her hair color tells you all!

Ryan on December 2, 2011 at 12:17 am

Lady has no information about foot ball, language or Shahid. FYI – He is buying Jacksonville Jaguar Not RAMS!!! Learn and know before writing brainless articles!

Ryan on December 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

You should be ashamed of yourself for writing such a racist article. He has done so much for his community and you attack him for his name and ASSUME he’s a Muslim because of where he came from 40 years ago; and even if he is who cares…oh yes you do because you are clearly a racist. I think you just jealous because he is living the American dream and has boat loads of money…self earned by the way. How about the fact that he has provided almost 13000 hard working Americans with an honest living. All in all you are seriously ridiculous. Do us all a favor and retire. God Bless RED WHITE AND BLUE

Robert Smith on December 3, 2011 at 7:29 am

“I wonder if Mr. Khan will denounce HAMAS and Hezbollah. Actually, I don’t wonder because I know the answer: don’t bet on it. And the spineless NFL and its owners won’t have the guts to ask him, either.”

If by “guts” you mean “common sense and common decency,” then no, they won’t.

He’s a Pakistani immigrant who made a fortune here. Why would he need to denounce a Palestinian group?

Why don’t you go ask Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when he’ll finally denounce the Baader-Meinhof Gang?

Otto on December 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Wow, Khan really sent his dogs out to attack DS. Obviously Debbie’s onto something with him or the he wouldn’t be orchestrating this type response.

adam on December 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Otto is a troll from kissingsuzykolber. I’d put him left of Mao, but that might not be going far enough. As usual he misses the point of the article.

DancingBaptist on December 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

I knew Debbie S.’s world would come to an end as soon as I heard a person with the last name Khan was buying an NFL team. Is nothing sacred?
Makes me glad I am a Canadian.

barry ellsworth on December 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

You are either an idiot or a religious bigot which is giving you the benefit of the doubt in assuming you are not both…

Peter Denton on December 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

excellent parody of the moronic blonde women popular in conservative media.

this debbie schlussel is replacing the onion in my bookmarks.

joseph on December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

“Like I said, conservative minority owners in the NFL–verboten”

Absolutely no conservatives at all, other than absolutely everyone involved with NFL ownership.

Do you even give a second thought to what you write or just post the first thought that comes to mind?

horsentien on December 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

This article is nothing but racist scum. Defending someone who was essentially fired for bad pr and attacking someone who was possibly scammed by their financial advisors based on their name and religion.

The first line on your about me page is “Schlussel’s unique expertise on radical Islam/Islamic terrorism” and you can’t even distinguish between different Muslim names.

nobody on December 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Your an idiot! You must feel dumb reading all these responses to your so called article, racist moron

Kyle on December 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Lots of folks claiming racism here–I wasn’t aware Islam was a race…

Turd Ferguson on December 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm


The NFL rejected Rush Limbaugh as an owner because he has a nationally syndicated radio show and is a major blowhard, racist and liar. They don’t want a fat, lying, sack of shit representing the NFL. That is why he was rejected.

Charles on December 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

ur a idiot

jags lover on December 16, 2011 at 12:17 am

I really don’t give a crap aobut this article or Muslims…:)

lani on December 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

Excellent article, Debbie, and every issue you raise is valid. Spineless NFL, indeed. Your critics, no doubt, are liberals or muslims–racists, for sure.

Well done.

Laura on January 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Hey guys! After seeing what he thinks of his fans, it’s time to start a Can the Shahid movement.

George Williams on January 15, 2012 at 8:10 am

Debbie, you are one sick, mentally deranged, pathetically bitter cunt who lives an empty life with a sad obsession with Muslims.

No wonder people don’t take you seriously anymore. Do the world a favor and blow your brains out.

Jack Fuller on January 29, 2012 at 6:08 am

I smell jelousy….

One day debbie you will realize that their are muslim fans of the game, and pakistani fans of the game, and realize the NFL isn’t as ignorant as you

It’s not like you chose your birth name, this is another hard working american success story

Plus taxes to pay for killing innocent people in iraq and other countries don’t justify tax collection.

al on February 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

The guy is a freaking agnostic/atheist that happens to have been born into a nominally muslim family from the more liberal upper middle class of Pakistan – a community that still exists in large number. So yes…attacking him for being a muslim – when he does not practice the religion – solely because of his name/skin colour – IS racist. His wife and children are not muslim either.

The guy basically made his fortune by inventing the modern bumper style. Yes – the very same bumper on the car that you Debbie probably drive.

Will smith on February 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

It is nice to see that other people have already done my job for me and commented on your ignorance. If you love America you should love people like Khan. According to you, America should only depend upon white Americans born in the United States for jobs. Fortunately, the world has changed and there are millions of people around the world that can provide American’s jobs and they are not all White Americans. The United States should be encouraging the immigration of people like Mr. Khan, because they benefit all Americans. Sadly people like you make people want to start their businesses in other countries which in the end hurts all American’s. Mr. Khan does more for America than you ever would. If Mr. Khan was known for supporting terrorism or was an illegal immigrant, then you might have a point. However, he is neither. He is an American citizen that his responsible for the employment of thousands, and is thousands of times more American than you are. Ridiculous that this type of commentary is being passed of as journalism in 2012.

Yusuf Uqdah on February 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

I don’t have an opinion one way or another of this man, except he’s obviously very intelligent and ambitious. I can’t believe this woman wrote this article without fact checking, it sounds like she was way off on the translation of his name. Having said that, let me say this. Islam is an evil religion. Large percentages of Muslims call for Sharia, and domination of western culture. Fortunately, they are still the minority in the very countries which graciously granted them access, haven, and welfare. Also, most of them are law abiding citizens. Unfortunately for the good ones, the bad ones are in charge, and the good ones do little to stop the bad ones, and remain silent. Therefore, the only option is to kick all muslims out of Christian nations, Europe, and America. This day cannot come soon enough. For you bleeding heart liberals who do not realize the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism, do some research, and realize that Muslims (generally) do not appreciate appeasement, free speech, nor human rights at all. They are motivated solely by Allah, the Quran, and their holy leaders. During one recent protest young muslims in England were chanting to invade Denmark and take their wives as “booty”. As an example, consider this statement made by Houari Boumedienne previous ruler of Algeria: “One day, millions of men will leave the southern hemisphere to go to the northern hemisphere and they will not go there as friends.” Europeans, Christians, wake up! Don’t take my word for it. Islamization is real, it’s true, it’s not the boogey man, it is a real true threat. We must beat muslims down with everything we have, and send them back to the toilets from whence they came.

Jerry on March 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Yusuf: Are you that ignorant? Do you really think the world could not do without Mr. Khan? White people in America did not ask any foreigners to come to this country. Europeans did not ask them too either. Foreigners have been graciously accepted and as a result have been betrayed. If Mr. Khan wasn’t making bumpers for Toyota, someone else would have been. European Americans conceived, designed, engineered, and built practically every scientific and medical breakthrough the world has seen. You are not wanted here, nor are any other muslims. You also are not needed.

Jerry on March 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

What a disgusting piece of writing – it is a shame people with your frame of mind flourish in 2012. There is clearly much to admire about Mr Khan, yet, based on his country of origin you try and defame him by exaggerating bogus claims, you couldn’t draft up nothing else so you took a shot at his supposed religeon. By the way, have you verified he is even a Muslim? His country of origin or his name is in no way an indicator for his faith. I too am originally from Lahore and have the title Khan in my name but am an Atheist, most likely the same is true for Mr Khan not that it matters, and I think instead of hate on Islam, you should embrace it,heck, embrace christ, buddha, vishnu, maybe it can help you become a fraction of the good soul Mr Khan is.

YK1996 on March 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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