Election Night was not a happy time for many liberals.
That was for a good reason.
And Colin Kaepernick got some bad news when this election result rolled in.
Former NFL star Burgess Owens defeated Democrat incumbent Ben McAdams to win election to the House of Representatives in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District.
Owens was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1973 NFL draft and played ten years in the NFL at safety winning a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders during the 1980 season.
For the last several years, Owens has been one of the most outspoken black conservatives railing against the anti-American national anthem protests that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began.
“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,” Owens stated. “I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today. They don’t understand the American way; they don’t understand the price paid. They need to understand that we can’t be bullied and [also] that we’re not an evil country. There is no other country in the world with the mixing of races and tolerance. We have to change the current narrative.”
Owens slammed the idea that some NFL team owed Kaepernick a job, claiming the notion that some team was obligated to pick him up after the 49ers cut him following the 2016 season was “affirmative action for Marxists.”
“If it was a meritocracy he would be out there anyway; he would work hard; he would prove himself,” Owens explained. “He wouldn’t be taking someone else’s position. We’re looking at affirmative action for a Marxist. We’re approving their ideology.”
Pro sports have turned into a desert for conservative views.
It seems like every athlete and media member is a Trump-hating, pro-Black Lives Matter loon.
This has alienated many fans and ratings decreased as a result.
Owens winning election to Congress as an unapologetic conservative and supporter of Donald Trump may show that the incentives for athletes to speak out on politics or social issues all don’t run in one direction.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.