By JOHN CARTER and KEVIN KAMM/Associated PressFormer San Francisco 49ers running back Marshawn Lynch says he is “defiant” as he retired from the NFL following his two-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.
Lynch spoke out after President Donald Trump said he would consider a pardon for him in the event Lynch was given clemency by Trump, who has said he wants Lynch to be pardoned.
Lynchi, who was a member of the 49ers from 2013 to 2016, told reporters Monday that he has never felt vindicated and said that he feels like he has been unfairly targeted by Trump.
“You know, there’s always been this notion that you can’t be a good person and do good things for the country if you are a person of color,” Lynch said.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me.
I mean, I just don’t get it.
I’m a white guy, and I’m trying to do good.
There’s no good reason why I can’t do good.”
Lynch was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the 49er organization and a two-time All-Pro.
He was a five-time NFL All-Decade selection, and the league selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft.
He has said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league and the players union should be looking into whether there was any collusion or obstruction of justice in the investigation into the domestic violence case against him.
Lynching was suspended in September 2016 after a woman alleged he hit her during a fight.
He told reporters on the sidelines of Super Bowl LI in Denver that he was in shock and that he would be going to the hospital.
Lynchers suspension came after he was released from the team in December 2015 after serving a four year, $45 million contract with the NFL.
He did not receive a new contract.
The 49ers and Lynch met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league-mandated suspension process and the two sides eventually reached a settlement.