Marshawn Lynch Refuses To Stand For American National Anthem

  • Marshawn Lynch Refuses To Stand For American National Anthem

Marshawn Lynch Refuses To Stand For American National Anthem

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch chose to take a seat during the national anthem Saturday as his team prepared to take on the Arizona Cardinals.

Del Rio said he spoke with his new running back about his protest, and Lynch told him, "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

Along those same lines, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio also didn't take issues with Lynch's actions, which is being seen as an overall approval by the Raiders as an organization. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. "You do your thing OK?' So that's a non-issue for me".

Lynch, who rose to National Football League stardom as a member of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks, initially retired after the 2015 season before applying for reinstatement.

Photos showed Lynch sitting on an orange cooler, holding a banana.

Without hearing from Lynch, it's impossible to say for sure what he intended to say by sitting out the anthem, or what he meant when he explained himself to his coach afterward.

In previous exchanges with the media prior to or after games, Lynch responded to any and all questions by media reports with a simple "Yeah".

The decision is identical to ex-San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick when he kneeled during the national anthem during the regular season past year to protest police brutality in the United States. While that may not have been Del Rio's intent, that's a far cry from some of the more supportive rhetoric the 49ers gave Colin Kaepernick when he began his protest.

According to NFL Network's Michael Robinson, Lynch has routinely sat down during the National Anthem.

Then-president Barack Obama said Kaepernick was "exercising his constitutional right" to protest and bring attention to racial injustice, according to USA Today.

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.