February 22, 2018

Marshawn Lynch sits out national anthem at preseason game

14 August 2017, 12:09 | Ken Black

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem of Raiders Preseason Opener

U.S National Football League star Marshawn Lynch, also known for not conforming to the typical interview model sports broadcasters expect of professional athletes and his activism in favor of "Africans" in the diaspora, remained seated while the national anthem was played during a pre-season game.

Photos showed Lynch sitting on an orange cooler, holding a banana.

Lynch has spoken to the media just once since coming out retirement and joining the Raiders after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring. "So it's a non-issue for me".

"[Lynch] said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

In response, del Rio said he strongly believes in "standing for the national anthem". Head coach Jack Del Rio said he wasn't aware that Lynch had planned to sit during the anthem and that the two of them discussed the incident after the game.

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick - while playing for the San Francisco 49ers - refused to stand during the national anthem as a protest police brutality and racial injustice toward people of color during the 2016 season. Lynch voiced support for Kaepernick while speaking to talk-show host Conan O'Brien a year ago, and Saturday's sit-down came right after racially-motivated protests and violence recently took place in Charlottesville, Va.

Lynch left by the venue by the time reporters were allowed into the visiting locker room, obviously not focused on Arizona's 20-10 win over the Raiders. "If you're really not racist, then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have".

The decision by Lynch to sit comes the same day that civil unrest rocked the city of Charlottesville, Va.

"I thought I was going to get the first quarter", Palmer said. "We'll do ours.' It's a non-issue for me". I missed a long one to Jaron (Brown) and wanted to kind of redeem myself.

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