Former New York Jet (1973-1979) and Oakland/Los Angeles Raider (1980-1982) Burgess Owens joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow to discuss his views on the Colin Kaepernick controversy, as well as his political leanings.
This includes his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:
When Owens retired from football in 1972, he didn’t plan on becoming political or an activist. After seven seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Owens transitioned to the business world. He was an entrepreneur who started his own business and ran it, eventually transitioning into corporate sales. But during this time he went through a period where he re-evaluated his thoughts and mentality on government and politics, seeing how it affected his life and the lives of those around him.
Owens began to look and see things that troubled him, causing him to question his political outlook. He grew up and voted Democrat “because that’s just what you did.” Yet with time, he saw things on the political left that didn’t align with his personal world view.
Friday, Owens told Marlow:
White Americans, stop apologizing; we live in the greatest country in the history of mankind, and it’s there because of our ancestors–those who came to this country and did their very best. And every generation has gotten better at what we’re good at. Looking to find our better ourselves. That’s who we are. We have a black president for the last eight years because of America who saw past the color, who thought he was a guy who was going to deliver what he was talking about.
“The other part is,” he said, “don’t apologize to me as a black American.” He continued:
One of the things I did in my book, I start off with, is explaining how great our grace was, the things we were able to accomplish after the first one-hundred years from slavery. If you apologize to me, I look at it as an insult because my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, like every other culture out there, did exactly what they needed to do. They worked hard, and they became part of the American way, and they earned the respect of Americans across the board. We need to do the same. We need to step up because our past generations did their jobs; we now need to do ours.
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