Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Marshawn Lynch Sat, Wore a Hat for National Anthem

Raiders rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes impresses Derek Carr Marshawn Lynch sits for national anthem prior to preseason game against Cardinals
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 16:41

NFL star running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler Saturday night during the national anthem, as his Oakland Raiders waited to play the Arizona Cardinals in a Phoenix preaseason game.

Why Lynch chose to sit hasn't yet been revealed, but it comes almost one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season. That one time was during the offseason program. Lynch told Del Rio that he has sat for the national anthem for his entire NFL career.

But that isn't something that should come as a surprise to fans given that Lynch hasn't stood for the anthem in 11 years, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Fallon Smith. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said.

Marshawn Lynch didn't play Saturday night, but he did make a statement in his return to an National Football League game field.

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Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.

The issue was polarizing when Kaepernick protested past year and was joined by several players across the country. Stanton completed the seven-play drive by hustling out of the pocket to his right and scrambling toward the sideline until he spotted tight end Troy Niklas, whom he hit for a 7-yard touchdown with 7:19 remaining in the first half.

Del Rio added that the protest was a "non-issue" for him as a coach.