Burgess Owens, former NFL star, and candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat, speaks during the 4th District GOP Debate at the KUED studios on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020. The Republican race to take on Utah's lone Congressional Democrat is still a four-way contest, and the contenders were split during a debate on whether a hardline conservative or a more centrist candidate would be the party's best chance in November. (Steve Griffin/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Previous Super Bowl Champion and current republican candidate for Utah's 4th congressional district Burgess Owens sounded off on Drew Brees' apology for comments he made about NFL players kneeling for the national anthem.

Brees had previously said he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America," but later apologized in a statement posted to Instagram, saying his comments were "insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country."

When asked for his reaction, Owens said he was extremely disappointed.

"I really appreciate the initial stance that Drew made," he said, but added "if you're not going to stay and stand for what you say in the beginning, if you're going to cower to bullies, just let it go. Let somebody else say it who's going to stand by it and stick with it."

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