Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch did not mince words about President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE when discussing the president’s past criticism of him during an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday.
“That motherf---er say a lot of shit,” Lynch told host Maher during the program.
“But at the end of the day,” Lynch continued, “you call me unpatriotic but you come to the neighborhood where I'm from and you'll see me take the shirt off my back and give it to someone in less need, what would you call that?”
The NFL star drew criticism from Trump in November 2017 after he chose to sit down during the national anthem before his team’s game against the New England Patriots.
Lynch then opted to stand once the stadium played the Mexican national anthem.
Trump blasted Lynch on Twitter over the demonstration at the time, saying: “Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem.”
“Great disrespect!” Trump wrote. “Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
The NFL player also captured headlines the previous month for wearing a shirt that read “EVERYBODY VS TRUMP" before another game.
Beast mode went there.... pic.twitter.com/UdeILDolym— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) October 1, 2017
Lynch, who was born in Oakland, Calif., also discussed the issues of gentrification in neighborhoods in his hometown.
"I've been a witness of it since I was a small jitterbug," Lynch said. "Now that I've grown up and I'm seeing it and I understand it a little more."
He said that he has begun buying property in the area he grew up in to give African-American residents who are at risk of being kicked out of gentrified neighborhoods an "opportunity for housing."