Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Marshawn Lynch Sits Through National Anthem At Raiders Preseason Game

Marshawn Lynch Sits Through National Anthem At Raiders Preseason Game

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.

Lynch was not one of them - the 31-year-old had retired from the National Football League and did not play last season but chose to return to his hometown Raiders earlier this year.

"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered", Lynch said.

Why Lynch chose to sit hasn't yet been revealed, but it comes almost one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season.

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Lynch did not play in Saturday's game, and he had left the locker room by the time reporters arrived. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel".

Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th National Football League season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he was unaware Lynch would sit for the anthem, but added that the two spoke afterward and described the running back's action as a "non-issue" to him. It looked as if the Cardinals were headed for a short field goal, but the Raiders were called for covering the snapper on the kick, giving Arizona a first down and setting up its opening TD. He's among the most dominant running backs of the past decade, a Super Bowl victor, and returned from retirement this year to play for his hometown Raiders. "We'll do ours.' It's a non-issue for me". I didn't get that chance.

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