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  • A protester demonstrates and holds a sign with Colin Kaepernick on it in support of NFL players who "take a knee" at an NFL football game in Carson, California, U.S. Oct. 1, 2017.

    A protester demonstrates and holds a sign with Colin Kaepernick on it in support of NFL players who "take a knee" at an NFL football game in Carson, California, U.S. Oct. 1, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 November 2017

The rant against "Marxist, liberal Democrats" came as former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named GQ's Citizen of the Year.

Super Bowl champion Burgess Owens has accused the NFL of allowing itself to be overtaken by a sort of “Marxist” revolution, with former quarterback and free agent Colin Kaepernick leading the charge.

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“The mistake was made a year ago, when they allowed a Marxist to take the reins of their organization…Colin Kaepernick,” Owens told Fox Business Channel in an interview. “That’s what we’re up against.”

For Owens, much of this has to do with the “anti-white” manipulation of the Black community by Democratic Party liberal communist revolutionaries.

“BET (Black Entertainment Television) is what these guys are looking at every single day. It’s owned by a white corporation, Viacom,” he said. “For the last 15 years, they have been flooded with anti-white, anti-American, anti-flag (propaganda)… everything they need to make sure (Black People are) energized when it comes to election time.”

“(The enemy) is not each other,” he added. “It’s Marxist, liberal Democrats who use my race to get power.”

Kaepernick has earned widespread praise from fans as well as the hatred of right-wing figures like U.S. President Donald Trump for his protests, which came during the height of mobilizations against police terror versus oppressed communities.

His protests inspired similar acts from his fellow players.

The retired Owens, who also authored “Liberalism, or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps,” accused the league's management of allowing itself to be destroyed because commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners didn't crush the national anthem protests when they first started. Owens claims that Goodell doesn't deserve his US$50 million salary and other perks he’s demanding as part of contract re-negotiations.

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“Unfortunately, we have NFL (team owners) who understand business and yet, for some reason they allowed their brand to be damaged this way,” Owens said. “And it’s going to continue. We’re going through a sea change right now with people thinking differently now about the NFL.”

"We have a chance to either serve or complain,” Owens continued. “This guy Kaepernick has not done a thing but complain."

The rant comes as the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is featured on magazine racks across the United States on the cover of GQ magazine's annual “Citizen of the Year” feature. The GQ story is titled “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced.”

Without quoting the modern civil rights icon, the article says Kaepernick has “grown wise to the power of his silence.”

Over the course of the past few months, Trump has blasted players taking part in the protests, controversially telling NFL team owners that they should ban any player who kneels and “Get that son of a bitch off the field.”

The president's opposition to the protest has further galvanized national opinion on the issue.

"If these magazines continue to... highlight people who are anti-American we'll stop buying them," Owens said.  

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