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Former NFL star warns against the dangers of signing Colin Kaepernick: 'Affirmative action for a Marxist'

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Former NFL player Burgess Owens says that the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell should not be strong-armed into signing former NFL player-turned-Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick to a team.

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Owens, who is running for Congress in Utah, told Sports Illustrated that hiring Kaepernick would be "affirmative action for a Marxist."

"If it was a meritocracy, he would be out there anyway," he said. "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. We're approving their ideology."

Owens said that if Kaepernick comes back, so should former NFL star — and outspoken Christian — Tim Tebow.

"If we're going that route, we should also ask Tim Tebow to come back," he said. "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. They thought he was too distracting ... too distracting to his team and his organization."

He pointed out that Kaepernick is just as big a distraction as Tebow reportedly was.

"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," he insisted. "I just find it very disappointing. 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."

He also added that if Kaepernick does come back to the league, he will not watch NFL games.

"If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I'm willing to not watch the game," he said.

Owens added that it all boils down to disrespecting the United States.

"We have too many Americans now accepting the notion that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed of or take a knee, that's what it comes down to," he 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."

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