Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem at Raiders preseason game

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders sat through the pregame performance of the national anthem at last night's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

In his first game back since the 2015 season, Lynch was dressed in uniform but did not play.

Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement this year to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood.


Taking an apparent cue from Colin Kaepernick's oft-criticized protests from the 2016 season, Lynch ate a banana and did not stand in alignment with his teammates.

Lynch's locker was cleared by the time the media was permitted in the postgame locker room Saturday night, per multiple reporters.

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.


"So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said.

"I talked to Marshawn to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said after a 20-10 loss to the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. "I can't really comment on it too much". I didn't get that chance.

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 linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early past year, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.


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