“Liberal, Socialist elitists” are running the National Football League (NFL), ten-year NFL veteran Burgess Owens tells CNSNews.com.
Interviewed by CNSNews.com on the Conservative Commados Radio Show, Owens, who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1980, was asked how he thought Pete Rozelle, the NFL commissioner during his playing days, would have reacted if players had protested the National Anthem at games.
Owens said that players were held to higher standards then, as the league was still in the process of branding itself as an “All-American” product:
“That was a time in which the NFL was being built. They were looking at a brand that was patriotic, that was All-American, that was about teaching the American Way.
“As a matter of fact, they had a very high standard for players. They expected players to be respectful, to have character, to represent the brand of the NFL.”
Owens said that today’s NFL is being run by wealthy, liberal, Socialist elitists whose primary goals are to promote their leftist ideology and exploit the Black community – regardless of societal cost:
“We have now left that age. We now have, at the very top of the NFL, elitists – liberal, Socialist, elitists. And, they’re paid very well; they couldn’t care less about the impact that they’re having right now, because their ideology is more important than anything else.
“The elitists of the Left have always taken advantage of the misery of the Black community. These are young men who do believe that the only way to come out of there is through athletics. They’re not being educated, they’re not told that the American Dream can be obtained anyplace else. So, they look around themselves, and they see the eighty-three percent of their friends not having jobs, they see the death and the hopelessness.
“So, by the time they get to be millionaires, they have not left behind the mindset they were brought up in, and so they stand and sit on the sidelines, not appreciating where they are now.”
The answer, he says, is for Black conservative like himself to step up, get involved in their communities, and teach positive values to young people:
“So, it’s going to be up to the Black conservatives, like myself, to have the courage to go in there, start finding jobs for these guys, start talking about education, getting them mentoring – teaching those that are sitting and kneeling on the sidelines.
“Those who care, not just the group-think guys, not just the communists or the socialists, but those who care, it’s now time to put that money back in the community, and themselves, not just throwing money at it, but, go in there and help these young people to realize that, what they have done, anyone can do, if they put the right policies and the right effort in places to make it happen.”