Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn hasn’t released a statement about George Floyd’s death because Lynn has a lot more to say. Lynn shared his feelings on Floyd, Colin Kaepernick and racial injustice in a wide-ranging interview with LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Times.
Lynn, 51, explained he’s seen some good statements on Floyd’s death, but didn’t want to put one out just because he should. Lynn said having a conversation was his way of addressing Floyd’s death and racial injustice.
“I think statements are needed to bring awareness to the situation. But I want to do something, too. I don’t want to just put [a statement] out there because it’s the right thing to do. I want change ... so I guess it starts with having this conversation and talking things out. In 1992, I remember watching L.A. burn, and here we are in 2020, and I’m watching it again and it just hit me, nothing has changed.”
Lynn also added he was “pissed off.”
“I’m angry, I’m pissed off and I don’t want to just put out a pretty statement.”
Lynn expressed frustration that things have not changed since Rodney King. Lynn argues things may have gotten worse, saying unarmed black men are dying on camera today and nothing is being done about it.
Lynn also addressed police, saying he knows people close to him who are police officers. He urged cops who are good to speak up when they see injustice being done.
“I would challenge the good ones to speak up and not be silent anymore. That’s what I take away from all of this. George Floyd died with three officers right there who watched him die. It’s time for good officers to speak up and not accept that anymore.”
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, also came up. Lynn said he believes Kaepernick’s message was misinterpreted. Lynn explained that Kaepernick was protesting racial injustice in the United States. He wasn’t disrespecting the flag. Lynn also said he believes Kaepernick deserved to be in the NFL.
Lynn also recounts the last time he was pulled over, saying the cop asked Lynn if he was on parole before asking for Lynn’s license and registration.
After reflecting on everything, Lynn is asked what will happen if he’s still having the same conversation 20 years from now. He responded by saying he’s talking now in hopes that he doesn’t have to have the exact same conversation 20 years down the line.
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