Marshawn Lynch Says He’d Rather Kaepernick Kneel Than Put His Hands Up And Get Murdered

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Recently retired NFL running back Marshawn Lynch joined Conan O’Brien for an interview Tuesday offering some stark remarks on Colin Kaepernick’s protest of racial injustice in America.

Lynch doesn't usually speak up about anything. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Lynch doesn’t usually speak up about anything. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

While on Conan, the talk show host asked for Lynch’s take on the San Francisco quarterback’s polarizing protest tactics of taking a knee during the national anthem. The former Seahawk’s quarterback had a blunt response.

“With what’s going on, you know, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered,” Lynch said holding his hands above his head.

“My take on it is [expletive] we gotta 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 said.

“If you’re really not racist, then you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”

Lynch famously refused to talk to media during his career in the NFL. He’s never opened up quite like this before.