Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem at preseason NFL game


Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem over the weekend, ahead of a Saturday preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, the AP reports. 

The NFL player was photographed on top of an orange cooler with a banana in Glendale, Ariz. 

Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat and kneeled during the national anthem and protested police brutality. 

Lynch previously backed Kaepernick, telling comedian Conan OBrien in September 2016, Id rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered.


If youre really not racist then you wont see what he done, what hes doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have, Lynch said at the time.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says he didnt know about Lynchs plans ahead of the game, according to NFL.com.

On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure were on the same page, the coach said. “He said, This is something Ive done for 11 years. Its 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. But Im going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. Well do ours. Its a non-issue for me.

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