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Marshawn Lynch Weighs in on Kaepernick Kneeling Protest

'I’d rather see him take a knee then stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered'

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    File photo of NFL player Marshawn Lynch attending The Ultimate Fan Experience, Call Of Duty XP 2016 presented by Activision at The Forum on September 2, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

    Retired NFL running back Marshawn Lynch is notorious for not speaking his mind in front of the cameras. But Tuesday night, Lynch offered some thoughts on the current Colin Kaepernick controversial knee at the national anthem when he made a guest appearance on 'Conan.'

    "With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered," Lynch said as he stood with his hands up. "My take on it is -- [expletive] 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."

    Lynch expressed support for the movement and the bigger issue it represents, saying "something needs to be done" to combat systematic racism and social injustices. He also pointed out people who are not racist shouldn’t see Kaepernick’s form of protest as a threat, but rather a method of addressing a problem.