Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

One of the hottest topics of discussion this past season in the National Football League was the protesting of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and thanks to Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, that topic will be discussed even further as the regular season draws closer.

At University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night, it happened again, only it was a player from a different Bay Area team.

It is not known yet whether or not this was a move motivated by some sort of activism or if it is in support of Kaepernick.

Lynch, who was retired for the 2016 season, suited up but didn't take the field against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lynch has talked to the media once since he came out of retirement and was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring, and that was in the offseason program. "And I mean, if you're really not racist, then you're going to see what he's done, what he's doing, [not] as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have". "That's a non-issue for me", Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said after the game, adding he was unaware Lynch had planned to sit during the anthem.

The Raiders lost 20-10 to the Cardinals and Lynch did not play.

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