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Marshawn Lynch sits out national anthem at preseason game

Marshawn Lynch sits out national anthem at preseason game

Photo Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem on Saturday before a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

What do you think about Lynch's sitting during the national anthem?

Lynch has spoken to the media just once since coming out retirement and joining the Raiders after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring.

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

"[Lynch] 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.

Lynch, who sat on a cooler while the "Star-Spangled Banner" was being played, apparently told Del Rio that he is not trying to start a movement like the one Colin Kaepernick started last year and has instead been choosing not to stand for the national anthem for years. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. But he did explain himself privately to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio - who then gave a misleading account of Lynch's past actions to reporters.

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Last year, during a televised interview on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show, Lynch lent his support to fellow sportsman Colin Kaepernick who knelt while the USA national anthem was played to protest police brutality and institutional racism in general.

Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn't know Lynch hadn't stood for the anthem.

Arizona dominated the game in the first half, building a 17-3 lead.

Lynch, who rose to National Football League stardom as a member of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks, initially retired after the 2015 season before applying for reinstatement.

"I don't doubt his sincerity", Obama said. I didn't get that chance.

Two of the Raiders' top defensive players, All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spectators. The Cardinals starters did not play in the team's 20-18 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game.