Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Marshawn Lynch follows Kaepernick's lead and sits out national anthem

Marshawn Lynch follows Kaepernick's lead and sits out national anthem

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 addressed Lynch's decision to sit following his team's 20-10 loss to the Cardinals, adding he was unaware of Lynch's plans before the game. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. You do your thing and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said, according to ESPN. "I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about".

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

Lynch, who last spoke to the media in June, did not speak to reporters after the game.

In an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show previous year, Lynch was asked for his thoughts on Kaepernick's national anthem protest.

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.

Rodger Sherman of The Ringer shared a collection of angry tweets directed at Lynch for sitting during the national anthem before the Seahawks' playoff game against the Panthers in January 2016. Lynch (No. 24) can be seen standing on the sidelines during the anthem (about 3:40 of video).

Last September, the man of few words (at least not those on command) so eloquently stated that he'd rather see Kaepernick "take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered." . "If you really not racist, then you won't see what (Kaepernick is) doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have". Kaepernick did not stand for the anthem last season as a protest at racial injustice in the USA, and several other players followed his example.

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