Monday, 21 August, 2017

Marshawn Lynch sits out national anthem at preseason game

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday Aug. 12 2017 in Glendale Ariz 0:36 | NFL Colin Kaepernick Rally to be Held at NFL Headquarters
Hilda Schwartz | 14 August, 2017, 01:11

Marshawn Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Lynch sat during the national anthem, echoing the actions of Colin Kaepernick, who began a national conversation when he sat during the anthem during the preseason previous year.

This is reminiscent of a year ago when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem to protest police brutality.

People on social media, on the other hand, had plenty to say both for and against the move. However, coach Jack Del Rio has already spoken with Lynch and confirmed that the matter was a "non-issue", according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair.

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"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", the coach said.

Lynch didn't play in the Saturday game, when the Raiders lost 20-10 to the Cardinals. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing. Yet there's also evidence that he sat down during the national anthem in some instances, including the Seahawks' playoff game against the Panthers in January 2016.

Lynch was not in the National Football League during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season but has previously expressed his opinion on Kaepernick's action. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem". On a dark day in this country's history, when a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville turned deadly, the decision to not stand for the anthem is understandable, no matter what lens you view it through. "If you really not racist, then you won't see what (Kaepernick is) doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have".

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