Raiders' Lynch sits during pregame anthem

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Although the start of the 2017 regular season is still several weeks away, new Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is already creating headlines.

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

During an interview on Conan previous year, Lynch discussed former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaeperneck taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. But he did explain himself privately to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio - who then gave a misleading account of Lynch's past actions to reporters. Lynch has not spoken to the media at this time, so it's unclear if his statement and the incident are directly related.

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The 31-year-old Lynch came out of retirement when he was acquired by the Raiders in April after spending five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said. "So, that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem.

Lynch was not in the National Football League during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season but has previously expressed his opinion on Kaepernick's action. Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, began his protest in last year's preseason by sitting before later deciding to kneel instead.

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