Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens and one of the greatest wideouts of all time has been vocal about the recent events going on in the United States. On Thursday, Owens led protesters in Inglewood, California, against systematic discrimination. TO spoke out about former Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick and demanded that the NFL make a public apology. Here is a video of Owens chanting, “apologize to Kaepernick:”
NFL Hall of Fame WR Terrell Owens is leading a protest around SoFi Stadium in honor of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and is also calling for Roger Goddell to personally apologize to Colin Kaepernick and get him back in the league. pic.twitter.com/Uw3PCVA327— Emmanuel Morgan (@_EmmanuelMorgan) June 11, 2020
Owens was critical of former head coach Steve Mariucci and said that he feels like he suffered from systematic racism when Owens was playing in San Francisco. Here is what he told TMZ:
“I felt like I got blackballed by the league. I could’ve still continued to play, but because I was outspoken, because of who I was, I wasn’t allowed the opportunity. Because I was outspoken, because of who I was, and because of some of the coaches that said things behind closed doors and got in the ears of these owners, that’s why I wasn’t able to really continue on with my career.
To me, that was systemic racism. I experienced it when I was in San Francisco under coach Mariucci. I experienced it. Trust me; I experienced it. Nobody knew my character. There’s a lot of media that portray me a certain way to where now even people think I’m this bad person. That I’m a character, I’m selfish, all these things. But, at the end of the day, I knew who I was, and I just kept moving forward.”
Owens has never been one to bite his tongue. I’m curious if we see more players continue to speak out about previous experiences with coaches that involved some type of racism. We saw it with Iowa football last week at the college level.
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