Raiders Marshawn Lynch remains seated for national anthem

Raiders Marshawn Lynch remains seated for national anthem

On Saturday night Marshawn Lynch took a seat during the national anthem.

Lynch sat during the national anthem, echoing the actions of Colin Kaepernick, who began a national conversation when he sat during the anthem during the preseason past year.

Lynch has voiced his support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality against people of color.

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he was unaware Lynch would sit for the anthem, but added that the two spoke afterward and described the running back's action as a "non-issue" to him.

"Talked to Marshawn. Wanted to make sure we're on the same page".

Lynch wasn't in the National Football League when Kaepernick knelt in protest - and sparked a movement among athletes in his sport and others.

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In April, Lynch, along with former teammates Chris Avril and Michael Bennet, traveled to Haiti to help build schools and homes capable of enduring natural disasters, according to Seahawks Wire. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel".

Marshawn Lynch didn't play during the Oakland Raiders preseason opener Saturday, but he attracted national attention.

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.

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Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowler, is known for shunning the media and did not elaborate on his decision to sit out the anthem. "And I mean if you're really not racist, then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America but just addressing a problem that we have". "So my take on it is [expletive] it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point I just hope people open up their eyes to see that it's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop".

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