NFL great Burgess Owens told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Monday that the current flap over football players who kneel or sit instead of standing during the playing of the National Anthem at football games is not a race issue. Owens said, "it's a Democratic, elitist problem." Owens said NFL players should instead stand against elites within the NFL who are "using my race." Owens was once a tight-end for the New York Jets.
Speaking on Monday, Owens told Carlson, "My concern with this whole process is what the flag stands for. When I stood on the sideline I remembered getting teary-eyed at points because I was so excited about being there, I was so proud to be part of that process. But I also grew up in a time where 70 percent of black men were mentors to us. They were in the home, doing things they needed to do, teaching us that this country is the greatest place to be and to grow in."
"We have come to the point because of liberalism, because of what Democratic policies do, 70 percent of black men do not stay around. They don't have these parents and these fathers to tell them what they should be proud of and how they should stand up for this process," said Owens.
"We are dealing with an ideology that first of all bans God, has destroyed the black family in the '70s which we led the country in terms of the strength of our family unit," Owens told host Tucker Carlson. "They have destroyed our history. No one even knows about how strong the black American history was. And now they want to take away our pride in our country. And I think it's a bridge too far."
"At the end of the day, we love our country and we're going to make sure we stand against those who take away the hope of our kids. That's what these liberals are doing," Owens said. He added that in other areas of the economy, when employees seek to demonstrate, they may find that they have lost their jobs. He went on to say, "The NFL corporate office right here in New York City. How about their employees on lunchtime decided they decided they wanted to demonstrate. They'll finally come back and find out their desks would be vacated. Any day. This is what is happening, liberals at the top, elitists, they are using my race, they are bringing misery to my race and then using this misery to make sure they keep their power."
"We need to make sure that we're standing against corporate elitists, liberal elitists like the NFL," Owens said. "I will be boycotting every single team that does this. But we also have as black conservatives get into the black community and let them see what the Democratic party has for years done to them. It's not a white American problem; it's a Democratic, black and white, elitist problem."