(CNSNews.com) - Former NFL Star Burgess Owens, who is now running for Congress in Utah, sent out a tweet on Thursday noting the difference between the peaceful civil rights demonstrations the Rev. Martin Luther King led in the 1960s and the violent demonstrations that have occurred in the United States recently.
“In the 60’s brave men like MLK marched the streets demanding long overdue change,” Owens said.
“He gave powerful speeches that we will always remember,” he said.
“Today hipsters throw rocks at police and steal PlayStations unsure of what’s happening or what they want changed,” Owens said.
“Stop comparing the two,” he said.
Owens, who attended the University of Miami, played ten years in the NFL, from 1973 through 1982. These included seven with the New York Jets and three with the Oakland Raiders. He played in Super Bowl XV with the Raiders.