Candace Owens was already done with the NFL over athletes kneeling during the National Anthem, but her anger towards the league only got worse now that the NFL plans to include the song often referred to as the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing prior to major league events this season, just as they did last year.
Candace Owens believes the decision should force sports fans to replace the NFL as America’s national pastime.
“What America needs is a new favorite pastime, as it should no longer be football or any sport that endorses segregation,” Owens said on a recent episode of her talk show Candace.
She suggested a move to the MMA world.
“Might I suggest the UFC,” Owens offered as her replacement for the NFL. “Which is exploding right now and it’s because they do not get involved in politics. They are not woke and they do not bend the knee.”
“Dana White (UFC president), we’ve had him on this show, I’m a big fan of the UFC.” the conservative firebrand continued. “I think it’s the only real sport left. It’s just such a sad, sad circumstance that we are in when you are quite literally claiming to be fighting racism while at the same time introducing segregation.”
The UFC president has never hid his political views when he touted former President Donald Trump at the Republican national convention in 2016 and 2020.
The national anthem is usually only heard before early-season games or some primetime games, the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was played before Super Bowl LV and the draft in April.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the Black Lives Matter movement as well.
“We, at the National Football League, believe Black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country,” he said in last year’s video.
“Without Black players, there would be no National Football League and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of Black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”