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Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Raiders Marshawn Lynch remains seated for national anthem

Raiders Marshawn Lynch remains seated for national anthem

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.

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.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he was unaware of Lynch's intention to sit but said he spoke with Lynch after the game. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".

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

Lynch, who rose to National Football League stardom as a member of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks, initially retired after the 2015 season before applying for reinstatement.

Last year, during a televised interview on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show, Lynch lent his support to fellow sportsman Colin Kaepernick who knelt while the US national anthem was played to protest police brutality and institutional racism in general.

In previous exchanges with the media prior to or after games, Lynch responded to any and all questions by media reports with a simple "Yeah".

Lynch's comments specifically referred to Kaepernick's protest as "the start" of something - an odd phrasing, if Lynch himself had been doing the same thing for a decade.

"With what's going on, I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered", Lynch said.

In the past, Lynch has voiced support for former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested the national anthem in 2016. Kaepernick did not stand for the anthem last season as a protest at racial injustice in the United States, and several other players followed his example.

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.

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