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During an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch discussed President Trump, gentrification in Oakland, Colin Kaepernick and more.
Lynch, who was one of many NFL players that did not stand for the national anthem at various points of the 2017 NFL season, was asked by Bill Maher if he had a response to President Trump, who once called Lynch “disrespectful” in a tweet.
“That motherf—er say a lot of s—,” Lynch said to raucous applause from Maher’s studio audience. “You call me unpatriotic but you come to the neighborhood where I’m from and you’ll see me take the shirt of my back and give it to someone in less need, what would you call that?”
Maher then asked Lynch about his efforts to combat gentrification in Oakland, and asked the running back to define what gentrification means to him.
“It’s basically when a lot of white people move into the hood and kick everybody out that’s there,” Lynch said. “I’ve been a witness of this since I was a small jitterbug, so now I’m that I’m growing up and I’m seeing it and I understand it a bit more.”
In order to fight gentrification, Lynch said he has been buying real estate in Oakland.
“I started to buy up some real estate in the area where I grew up at in order to give people an opportunity for housing,” he said.
When asked about potentially returning to the NFL for another season, the 32-year-old simply said, “if it works out that way, then I will.”
You can watch the full interview in the video above.
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