Former Jets Star Burgess Owens on Kaepernick Returning: ‘We’re Looking at Affirmative Action for a Marxist’

Michael W. Chapman | June 23, 2020 | 4:44pm EDT
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Burgess Owens, former New York Jets safety.  (Getty Images)
Burgess Owens, former New York Jets safety. (Getty Images)

Former New York Jets safety Burgess Owens, who is now running for Congress in Utah, said the campaign to get Colin Kaepernick back on the field is "Affirmative Action for a Marxist," a "Castro, brother-loving Marxist." 

Owens added that if people want the former 49ers Kaepernick signed, then they should "also ask Tim Tebow to come back."

Colin Kaepernick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  (Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Getty Images)

In the June 21 Jets Country section of Sports Illustrated, Owens, who was a Super Bowl XV champion with the Oakland Raiders, said, “If [Roger] Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game."

“The only thing that can change the league is to change commissioners," he said. "This has been going on way too long, it is four years of this mess.”

There is a "culture war" going on in America, said Burgess, and the leftist ideology is "trying to tear our country apart."

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

If the drive to re-sign Kaepernick were truly based on meritocracy, he said, then Kaepernick "would be out there anyway, he would work hard, he would prove himself. He wouldn’t be taking someone else’s position."

"We’re looking at Affirmative Action for a Marxist," said Owens. "We’re approving their ideology."

Kapernick has often expressed sympathy for left-wing dictators, including Communist Fidel Castro

Owens continued, “If we’re going that route, we should also ask Tim Tebow to come back. It doesn’t matter how long he’s been out of the game. It doesn’t matter his talent. He was a Christian who kneeled in prayer and was a positive on his team."

"The reason why Tim Tebow, as talented as he was with the Denver Broncos, the NFL didn’t like his essence," said Owens. "They thought he was too distracting…too distracting to his team and the organization."

Tim Tebow.  (Getty Images)
Tim Tebow. (Getty Images)

“Meanwhile, we’re willing to have the distraction of a Marxist, a Castro, brother-loving Marxist to come back and play that many Americans don’t want to see him play," said Owens. 

"I just find it very disappointing," he said. "The NFL lost 15 percent of their audience last time, maybe a little bit more. The goal has been to increase their base, their revenue by going overseas to places like China, Mexico and England. They don’t care enough about their fans who love this country.”

Closing his remarks, Owens said, “I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today. They don’t understand the American way, they don’t understand the price paid. They need to understand that we can’t be bullied and that we’re not an evil country."

"There is no other country in the world with the mixing of races and tolerance," he said.  "We have to change the current narrative.”

h/t Jets Country,

Burgess Owens.  (Getty Images)
Burgess Owens. (Getty Images)
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