Raiders Marshawn Lynch sits during anthem before Oakland Arizona game

August 13, 2017

On Saturday evening, as the rest of the Oakland Raiders players and staff stood during the playing of the national anthem before the team’s preseason game with the Arizona Cardinals, one player did not join them.

 

Running back Marshawn Lynch, who did not play in the game, was seated, on an orange Gatorade cooler.

 

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It is unclear at this point whether Lynch was protesting or if he was protesting, why.

 

UPDATE: After the game, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that he was surprised Lynch sat during the anthem. Del Rio spoke to Lynch and the player told him, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’

 

“I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing. So it’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said.

Lynch was not available in the locker room postgame.

 

Last season, as then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem to protest injustice against people of color, Lynch was retired.

 

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