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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has found himself out of work in the NFL after refusing to stand for the national anthem last year to protest systemic racism. On Thursday, Chicago Tribune columnist Dana Goetsch defended him in a piece that has since come under fire, and that controversy continued on Monday's “Fox & Friends.”

Burgess Owens, a former NFL player who wrote “Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps," joined the show to weigh in with his own thoughts on Kaepernick. "We have a chance to express ourselves in the way we want to," he said. "But we do have a free market ... [and] Americans feel good about our flag,”

“They feel good about our country,” he continued, "and it’ll pay those who stand strongly by for it and it will not pay those who stand against it. That’s why right now it’s one young quarterback is looking for a new job, because Americans do not like the message he gave us.”

When asked if the problem for Kaepernick is that “coaches say this guy is too political, he is non-American,” Owens didn't acknowledge the “non-American” part. But he did continue along the lines of what he had already said, noting, “The goal very simply is to win games, get us a bowl and make sure the company is profitable.”