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Former NFL Star Makes it Very Clear Where He Stands on National Anthem Protests — and Many Players Won’t Like It

Former NFL great Burgess Owens believes NFL players who protest the national anthem are sowing division and despair.

What did he say?
Speaking on “Fox and Friends” over the weekend, the former Oakland Raider and New York Jet made it clear what he thinks of the athletes who continue to kneel during the national anthem. He said:

Let me tell you about our responsibility is, and every generation has done this throughout the history of our country, is to give our kids more hope than we had. My parents’ generation, my grandparents’ generation succeeded [in sowing hope]. That’s how they fought racism.

We have the greatest country and the most freedom today, and we have more people, particularly black Americans, who have less hope and that’s because they have very successful men telling them that they can do it but that black Americans can’t do it.

It’s really time for us to stand up as men and say: ‘Listen guys, this country gives us everything we want and if I did it, you can do it too.’ And stop the whole thing…if you wanna have demonstrations, demonstrate someplace else, but not against our flag that gives us the freedom to be the greatest people in the history of mankind.

It’s not the first time he’s spoken out

Owens, a self-described conservative, has previously spoken out against the protests and other recent social justice movements, like Black Lives Matter.

In fact, on Saturday, he spoke out against the recent protests in St. Louis:

What’s happening here is actually a purposeful process to divide us. Those who like to call everybody as racists, keep in mind, they’re the racists and they will continue to divide us with their negative focus… We win this thing together. That’s what America is all about… Those are the same people who could care less about the black people killed in Chicago
He even recently wrote an op-ed for Fox News on the meaning of the flag and why he believes the NFL players’ protest is disrespectful to America.

When did the protests begin?
The kneeling protests began last year after Colin Kaepernick took a knee during a pre-season game to protest police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S.

Kaepernick previously played for the San Francisco 49ers, but remains unsigned into the 2017 regular season. Many of his supporters say he has been blackballed by NFL owners for bringing negative coverage to the sport.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Jance Hawkins

    September 24, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    My hope is that he NEVER plays on a NFL team again in his lifetime. He doesn’t deserve to be there. Let him get a job at Home Depot or any store that wants a traitor working for them. Home Depot would most likely not him also. Let him live like all of us Americans live. No large pay checks and living like a millionaire any longer.

  2. Bernard garrett

    September 24, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Thew same thing should happen to any pro sports player that does not honer the united states FLAG and ANTHEM.

  3. flukeZ

    September 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    NFL Star Burgess OWEN says: It’s really time for us to stand up as men and say: ‘Listen guys, this country gives us everything we want and if I did it, you can do it too.’ And stop the whole thing…if you wanna have demonstrations, demonstrate someplace else, but not against our flag that gives us the freedom to be the greatest people in the history of mankind. He believes the NFL players’ protest is disrespectful to America. IT IS!!

  4. Phyllis White

    September 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Smart man…

  5. Sal belardo

    September 24, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Owens is a true American hero! Why can’t the players that are taking knees do their demonstrating outside the football arena or stadium? I hope they realize that they are destroying the game! And it will be destroyed!

  6. Sal belardo

    September 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Has the Black Lives Matter food and Medicine Convoy reached Houston yet? Just asking!

  7. GEORGE ALLENBY

    September 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Iu actually look at Chicago the city itself you will see it is a city where Blacks are killing Black people only it seams to me it is gang realated a lot

    • Elfriede Parker

      September 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thats ok,let them kill each other,then the police wont have to shoot them.Obama helped BLM to get started,he hade them in the white-House too.But Soros is giving them the money they need to cost riots.You can thank Obama for that too…..

  8. Princess Diana

    September 24, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Where is management? Since when does an employee (and those player ARE EMPLOYEES) tell bosses what to do or disrespect the “employer” and NOT get fired. These players need to work in the real world. No politics while on the job.

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