Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Marshawn Lynch sits for national anthem prior to preseason game against Cardinals

Marshawn Lynch sits for national anthem prior to preseason game against Cardinals

Lynch was in uniform but did not play in the game, and photos show Lynch sitting on a cooler and holding a banana while the anthem played.

Del Rio prefers his players stand at attention for the national anthem, a view he expressed after former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the song protesting racial inequality and police brutality against minorities.

Lynch has yet to see live National Football League game action since the 2015 season and was just one of a litany of projected Raiders starters who were held out of Saturday's 20-10 Week 1 preseason loss.

Del Rio said he spoke with his new running back about his protest, and Lynch told him, "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years". In Lynch's case, according to the AP, he left the locker room before the reporters arrived. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me". "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself'". "I said, 'So you understand how I feel".

Why Lynch chose to sit hasn't yet been revealed, but it comes almost one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season. "You do your thing".

"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered", Lynch said of Kaepernick. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early previous year, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.

And apparently, Lynch is no stranger to sitting during the anthem.

"It was my decision", Del Rio said.

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