Marshawn Lynch weighs in on Colin Kaepernick protest controversy (vid)
Marshawn Lynch made an appearance on “Conan” Tuesday night and weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
The retired NFL running back didn’t hesitate to fully endorse the Kaepernick’s decision to continue his pregame protests.
“With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered…” he said, as transcribed by UPROXX.
“My take on it is, [expletive], they got to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes to see that it’s really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop,” Lynch continued. “I mean, if you’re really not racist, you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America, just addressing the problem that we have.”
Lynch’s comments made him the latest person with tangential ties to the NFL to weigh in on the Kaepernick controversy in recent days, joining the likes of Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow.
Kaepernick’s initial protest before a San Francisco 49ers’ preseason game of course has spawned a movement where several like-minded NFL colleagues — including Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, among numerous others — to follow suit with their own version of protests.
Other instances of pregame demonstrations also include acts of unity, such as what the Seattle Seahawks did ahead of their Week 1 game.
Several protests followed in Week 2 as well, including how Philadelphia Eagles teammates Ron Brooks, Malcolm Jenkins and Steven Means raised their fists during the anthem ahead of their Monday night match-up with the Chicago Bears.
With instances of the very issues and incidents that the protesting players are attempting to highlight continuing to occur, it doesn’t appear that the movement will slow down anytime soon. This is so despite the fact Kaepernick revealed he has been the victim of death threats in recent weeks over his decision to kneel.