Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem before game vs. Cardinals

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Marshawn Lynch sits during the National Anthem before tonight's Raiders/Cardinals pre-season game.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch chose to take a seat during the national anthem Saturday as his team prepared to take on the Arizona Cardinals. "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

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.

With all of the continued buzz surrounding former San Francisco 49ers and current free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it is no surprise that Lynch's decision forced a reaction from Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio. But what Del Rio said was misleading at best, and outright false at worst.

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"I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm going to respect you as a man. We'll do ours.' It's a non-issue for me".

Lynch told Del Rio he has been sitting forever.

Lynch's locker was cleared by the time the media was permitted in the postgame locker room Saturday night, per multiple reporters.

"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered", Lynch said of Kaepernick. Lynch voiced support for Kaepernick while speaking to talk-show host Conan O'Brien a year ago, and Saturday's sit-down came right after racially-motivated protests and violence recently took place in Charlottesville, Va.

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