Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch sit down for national anthem

Defensive end Michael Bennett waves at fans following training camp 2017 at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday Aug. 3 2017

Ex-Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took a seat Saturday during the national anthem at a pre-season Oakland Raiders game, and social media went a little insane.

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

Lynch said on an appearance on "Conan" in 2016 that he was supportive of protests led by then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to sit during the National Anthem to bring light perceived injustices in the United States. The only one who referenced the issue was Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who spoke to reporters after the game. Lynch did not speak to the media Saturday night, but the move appears to be a reaction to Saturday's violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So you understand how I feel.

"If we want to change something like that, we're going to have an electronic strike zone because human beings are going to make mistakes", Zobrist said.

Saturday night marked Lynch's first game with the Raiders, but he didn't see the field.

Lynch was not in the National Football League during Kaepernick's kneeling protest but had previously praised the quarterback for taking a stance on an important issue.

"My take on it is, it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes and see that it's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop". But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing.



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