Sports Raiders' Lynch sits for anthem at preseason game

15:42  13 august  2017
15:42  13 august  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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.

In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn't play a down. Even though he suited up for the preseason matchup, he did Rodger Sherman of The Ringer shared a collection of angry tweets directed at Lynch for sitting during the national anthem before the Seahawks' playoff

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem on Saturday before a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Credit Rick Scuteri/Associated Press. GLENDALE, Ariz.

  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.

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. The San Francisco Chronicle asked Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio about this after the game

Bob McManaman discusses what Jack Del Rio said about his running back sitting during the national anthem at the Raiders preseason game versus the Cardinals. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports.

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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