Raiders' Lynch sits during pregame anthem

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

The Arizona Cardinals take on the Oakland Raiders Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Lynch, who did not play in the game, sat on an orange cooler, arms on his knees, while all others around him stood.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem prior to the team's 20-10 loss to the Cardinals in their preseason opener.

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. 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.

During an interview on Conan a year ago, Lynch discussed former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaeperneck taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. But what Del Rio said was misleading at best, and outright false at worst. You do your thing and we'll do ours. "You do your thing.' So it's a non-issue for me". We have not been able to find any photos or videos showing Lynch sitting out the anthem at any time in the 11 years since he entered the National Football League, until Saturday night. Lynch voiced support for Kaepernick while speaking to talk-show host Conan O'Brien past year, and Saturday's sit-down came right after racially-motivated protests and violence recently took place in Charlottesville, Va.

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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