Former NFL safety Burgess Owens blasted the league for considering rehiring ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem in 2016.
While delivering a eulogy at George Floyd's funeral earlier this month, political activist Al Sharpton used the opportunity to tell NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to "give Colin Kaepernick a job back."
In an interview with Sports Illustrated's JetCountry.com, Owens said he would refuse to watch the NFL if the commissioner "allows Kaepernick to come back and players to kneel during the national anthem."
He also said that if the NFL were to readmit Kaepernick into the league, it would not be because he is qualified.
"If it was a meritocracy, he would be out there anyway; he would work hard, he would prove himself," Owens said of Kaepernick. "He wouldn't be taking someone else's position. We're looking at Affirmative Action for a Marxist. We're approving their ideology."
Owens also claimed that if the league was going to rehire Kaepernick, it would also need to give Christian and former quarterback Tim Tebow his job 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," Owens said. "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 the organization."
The former NFL star said he finds it "very disappointing" that the NFL would even consider bringing Kaepernick back into the league.
"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," Owens said. "[The NFL doesn't] care enough about their fans who love this country."