Marshawn Lynch on anthem controversy: 'I just hope people open up their eyes'

Marshawn Lynch joined late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien Tuesday night to discuss his new chocolate bar production.

During the interview, O'Brien asked the former Seattle Seahawks running back for his thoughts on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the recent National Anthem protests.

"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered," Lynch responded. "I just hope people open up their eyes to see that there's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop. If you're really not racist, then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America, but addressing the problem that we have."

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Lynch's response was met with applause from the studio audience.

Kaepernick first sat during the anthem during the preseason, then later chose to take a knee. His actions have started national conversations and similar action from other athletes, including Seattle Reign star Megan Rapinoe.

The Seahawks players and coaches have stood with interlocked arms in a sign of unity during the anthem before the first two games of the season.

You can watch part of the Marshawn's interview with O'Brien here.

 

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