Marshawn Lynch Sits Down During The Anthem
Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement and immediately stood up….well, sat down, for what he believes in. The Oakland Raiders running back remained seated during the national anthem prior to the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Photos show Lynch sitting down on a cooler–suited up, though he didn’t play in the game–while the rest of his teammates and the stadium stood up for the national anthem. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke with Lynch after the game and was not aware that he planned to sit.
Coach Rio said that when speaking with him after the silent protest, Marshawn said , “This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself. I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.”
Lynch was not in the NFL during Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest against police brutality last season but has previously commended the currently unsigned quarterback for addressing the problem. Many assume Marshawn’s sitting on Saturday was in response to the white supremacy riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.