Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch remains seated during national anthem

Prior to Saturday's pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch appeared to sit out the national anthem.

But that isn't something that should come as a surprise to fans given that Lynch hasn't stood for the anthem in 11 years, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Fallon Smith. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself". But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing.

"I talked to Marshawn, I wanted to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio told reporters following the game.

Lynch didn't play in Saturday's game against the Cardinals, and had already left the stadium by the time media was granted access to the locker room.

The decision by Lynch to sit comes the same day that civil unrest rocked the city of Charlottesville, Va.

Lynch didn't speak publicly about the gesture after the game, which was his first since returning from retirement.

Lynch said on an appearance on "Conan" in 2016 that he was supportive of protests led by then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to sit during the National Anthem to bring light perceived injustices in the United States.

On Twitter, the nine most circulated tweets Sunday morning were supportive of Lynch's protest.

In April, Lynch, along with former teammates Chris Avril and Michael Bennet, traveled to Haiti to help build schools and homes capable of enduring natural disasters, according to Seahawks Wire. Kaepernick did not stand for the anthem last season as a protest at racial injustice in the U.S., and several other players followed his example.

"Well, I mean, with what's going on, I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered".

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent. "If you're really not racist then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America".

  • Stacy Allen