In an interview with TMZ Sports, Owens stated that the perception of the public and media has led to be pushed out of the NFL.
“I would have been able to continue to play, but because I was honest, because of who I was, I didn’t have the opportunity to do it, “said Owens.” ecause I was frank. Because of who I was and because of some of the coaches that have said things behind closed doors and have been caught in the ears of those owners, which is why I haven’t really continued my career.
“And for me, it was systemic racism. I experienced it when I was in San Francisco under coach [Steve] It is Mariucci. I have lived it. Believe me, I lived it.
Owens was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the draft the NFL in 1996, and has spent the first eight seasons of his career in San Francisco. He then played with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills and the Bengals of Cincinnati.
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During the 2000 season, Owens celebrated two touchdowns against the Cowboys in Dallas in the current to the star logo at midfield and posing. He was suspended one game by the 49ers for the incident.
In 2018, Owens was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, although he has decided to organize its own ceremony at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A year later, the 49ers intronent Owens in the hall of fame of the franchise.
During the episode of Friday of “Race in America: A Candid Conversation” on NBC Sports Bay Area, the 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead spoke of the time in high school that he and two of his black friends have been profiled racially by a cop while walking to a friend’s house near Pleasant Grove High in the district (unified school Elk Grove.
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Owens, Armstead, and other athletes share their stories in the light of the call for racial equality in the country. After the death of George Floyd, a Black man, while he was in police custody in Minneapolis there nearly three weeks, demonstrations have taken place across the country to try to put an end to the injustices.
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