Marshawn Lynch Sits Through National Anthem At Raiders Preseason Game
Aug 14 2017
Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement this year to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood.
But while other teams are foolishly afraid of Kaepernick's potential distraction, Jack Del Rio says Lynch's decision to not stand for the anthem won't be an issue for the Raiders.
"If you're really not racist then you won't see what he done, what he's doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have", Lynch said then. You do your thing and we'll do ours.
He added, "So it's a non-issue for me".
And apparently, Lynch is no stranger to sitting during the anthem.
Lynch is attempting a comeback into the National Football League after retiring at the end of the 2015 season.
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.
This is reminiscent of previous year when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem to protest police brutality.
As The Washington Post's Des Bieler wrote, many believe Kaepernick's protests are the reason the quarterback, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, remains unsigned. Lynch (No. 24) can be seen standing on the sidelines during the anthem (about 3:40 of video). "So my take on it is, 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", Lynch said during an interview with Conan O'Brien. 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.