Two former National Football League players faced off on players refusing to stand for the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick started the trend last season to protest police brutality and racial inequality. As football season kicked off this year, players across the league knelt or showed solidarity with those who did.
“It’s black Americans who have the wealth to make a change, and they’re sitting back and not making a change,” former New York Jets player Burgess Owens told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “We need to engage ourselves as black Americans and make a change in our communities.”
The new wave of protesting comes after President Donald Trump called for team owners to fire any player who refuses to honor the flag.
Owens’ great-great-grandfather came to America as a slave and died a “successful entrepreneur,” according to Owens.
“Every single one of my ancestors have been proud Americans,” he stated.
“This is what the left does,” Owens warned. “They first of all ban God, they then destroy the black family, now they’re trying to take away the pride of our country.”
Former Miami Dolphins player Randal Hill disagreed.
“What it is is guys are tired of some of the things that are going on,” he said.
“Let people have freedom of speech to do what they want, but still have pride in your country,” he recommended.
Watch the discussion above.