John Lynch got a second chance to discuss his view of anthem protests on Friday morning.

His Wednesday comments on the subject drew criticism after he said the protests can be "divisive" and that he'd always seen the national anthem, and the game of football, as a way to bring disparate groups of people together.

Speaking on KNBR radio, Lynch said he regretted the word divisive.

"If I could take one thing back, I would have changed that word," he said. "Because of the negative connotation. But I was really trying to make the point that our game should be a beacon for what can be."

Host Brian Murphy noted a well-circulated picture of Eagles pass rusher Chris Long, who is white, putting his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins during the anthem Thursday Jenkins has been among the most prominent players who protested during the anthem last season and both men have been supportive of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began that movement a year ago.

Although Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, and the other 49ers who knelt during the anthem have said they will stand this year, others around the league have sat or raised a fist during "The Star Spangled Banner" after the racially charged violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend. Long grew up in Charlottesville and played at the University of Virginia, the site of a white supremacist march last week.