Sports Raiders' Lynch sits for anthem at preseason game

15:42  13 august  2017
15:42  13 august  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

Jack Del Rio had the perfect response to Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem

  Jack Del Rio had the perfect response to Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem The Raiders coach says he'll "respect" Lynch's decisions.After the game, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was asked about Lynch's decision to do so.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri).

The action brings to mind one then–49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took before several preseason games last year as a means of protesting incidents of However, after the game , Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Lynch told him that he hadn’t stood for the anthem for 11 years and that “it’s not a form

  Raiders' Lynch sits for anthem at preseason game © Provided by USA Today

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler on the sideline during the national anthem during the team's opening preseason game Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lynch didn't play in the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. His locker was cleared by the time media was granted access to the locker room, multiple reporters said.

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.

"He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years — it's not a form of anything other than me being myself,' " Del Rio said in a postgame news conference. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm gonna respect you as a man. You do your thing, OK, and we'll do ours.' "

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett plans to continue national anthem protest

  Seahawks’ Michael Bennett plans to continue national anthem protest Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says he will sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice and segregation. Bennett sat on the visiting bench during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Seahawks’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams, a decision he made prior to protests by white supremacists at the University of Virginia over the weekend. But what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of a young woman when she was struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters on Saturday, solidified Bennett’s decision.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug.

The moment came on a day in which a car hit peaceful protesters, killing a woman and injuring at least 19 people, after white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed at a rally in Charlottesville.

During an interview on Conan last year, Lynch discussed former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaeperneck taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, began his protest in last year's preseason by sitting before later deciding to kneel instead.

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

The Arizona Republic contributed to this report.

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Marshawn Lynch sits on a cooler near the bench during the national anthem. © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Marshawn Lynch sits on a cooler near the bench during the national anthem.

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