In a new interview with The Undefeated, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback shocked Black Lives Matter supporters when he admitted he didn’t fully support the movement:
“It’s hard to formulate an opinion and generalize because they have several different messages. Some of them are peaceful and understandable and some of them are very radical and hard to support. Any time you see people who are saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and then saying it’s time to kill police, then it is difficult to stand behind that logic. They are generalizing police just like they are asking police not to generalize us. It is very hypocritical. So, in that respect, I find it difficult to fully support that movement.”
“I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings. And speaking to police, I want African-Americans and everybody else treated decently. I want them treated like human beings. And I also want the police treated like human beings. I don’t want police officers just getting knocked off in the street who haven’t done anything wrong.”
Richard’s first remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement came in September 2015 after a meme surfaced of him and running backMarshawn Lynch smiling with a caption that read, “When we gon Kill These KKKrakas Bro.”
That spurred him to speak about the situation in a press conference, where he said, “As long as we have black-on-black crime and, you know, one black man killing another … if black lives matter, then it should matter all the time.”
It’s only a matter of time before Twitter floods his mentions.