(CBS Seattle/1090 The Fan) – Former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch stopped by Conan last night and discussed his support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick’s protest, saying it’s not a danger to football or the country.
Lynch is one of many adding his voice to the controversy, with his opinion standing by Kaepernick’s actions.
“With what’s going on, you know, I’d rather see him take a knee then stand up and put his hands up and get murdered,” Lynch said to Conan while standing up with his hands in the air.
The message comes after news that Kaepernick received death threats as his protest and actions continue to grow throughout major and minor league sports.
Since Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem at the 49ers games, the news has gone national and spread among other athletes, including U.S. women’s soccer player and Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapinoe.
Kaepernick hopes his actions will continue to raise awareness against racial injustices and police brutality, while also saying on Tuesday that he will donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that are consistent with his message of fighting racial inequality.
Here’s what Lynch had to say below:
“With what’s going on, you know I’d rather see him take a knee then stand up and put his hands up and get murdered.
So I mean, my take on it is, **** you got to start somewhere and if that is the starting point [then] I just hope people open up their eyes to see that it really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop.
And I mean, if you’re really not racist, then you’re going to see what he’s done, what he’s doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”