Don’t worry, Colin Kaepernick – Beast Mode’s got your back. Marshawn Lynch supported Colin’s decision to protest the National Anthem, saying that kneeling is better than possibly getting ‘murdered’ by the police! Click to Watch.
“With what’s going on,” Marshawn, 30, said while appearing on the Sept. 20 episode of Conan, per SB Nation, “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered.” The ex-NFL player even demonstrated it, standing and placing his hands over his head in a “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” gesture.
“My take on it is, sh*t gotta to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point,” the retired Seattle Seahawks player said, “I just hope people open their eyes and see that it’s really a problem that’s going on and something needs to be done for it to stop.” He even added that he thinks only “racists” would see Colin’s choice to not stand during the “Star Spangled Banner” as a “threat to America.”
Marshawn famously retired during Super Bowl 50, but had the former running back remained in the NFL, it’s safe to say he would be one of the many other players mirroring Colin’s protest. During the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers, Colin’s teammate Eric Reid, 24, knelt beside him, while Jaquiski Tartt, 24, Antoine Bethea, 32, and Eli Harold, 22, raised their fists.
Colin’s supporters weren’t just limited to the San Francisco 49ers. During 9/11, four members of the Miami Dolphins knelt during the National Anthem. Plus, over on the other version of “football,” U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe, 31, knelt during a match between the Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars.
Of course, not everyone shares Marshawn’s support. U.S Congressman Steve King, 67, claimed Colin’s protest against “a country that oppresses black people and people of color” is proof that he’s “sympathetic to ISIS.” Though, Rep. King might want to check himself before he accuses Colin of being a terrorist-sympathizer. On the day that Marshawn showed support for the protest, police in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a black man, Keith Lamont Scott, who many claim was unarmed at the time. Maybe Marshawn has a point and that this peaceful protest is safer for Colin than taking his rage to the streets?
What do you think about Marshawn supporting Colin’s protest, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree or disagree?