Marshawn Lynch Sits Through National Anthem At Raiders Preseason Game

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It seemed that way, but according to Lynch's comments to head coach Jack Del Rio, he's been doing it for well over a decade now. At that same time, Oakland Raiders' running back, Marshawn Lynch chose to sit and protest the National Anthem.

Lynch rarely talks to the media but has voiced his support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 2016 season-long decision to kneel during the anthem to draw attention to what he saw as incidents of police brutality against people of color.

'So that's a non-issue for me, ' Del Rio said.

Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem".

The first to share the image of Lynch sitting during the anthem was professional photographer Mark J. Rebilas, who also tagged USA TODAY Sports in his Twitter post. He added that he hopes "people open up their eyes and see that there's really a big problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop".

Lynch, who sat on a cooler while the "Star-Spangled Banner" was being played, apparently told Del Rio that he is not trying to start a movement like the one Colin Kaepernick started last year and has instead been choosing not to stand for the national anthem for years.

When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat out the national anthem for the first time at a 2016 game, he meant to ignite a spark. "I can't really comment on it too much".

If you recall, Kaepernick explained his reason for not standing during the anthem past year as a protest against racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. According to, he said "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". Kaepernick has not signed with a team for the 2017 season amid accusations league owners - denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell - are blackballing him.



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