Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem at Raiders preseason game

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Jack Del Rio: Marshawn Lynch not standing for national anthem is 'non-issue'

The first to share the image of Lynch sitting during the anthem was professional photographer Mark J. Rebilas, who also tagged USA TODAY Sports in his Twitter post.

Running back Marshawn Lynch sat through the performance of the national anthem Saturday night prior to the Oakland Raiders' preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says he didn't know about Lynch's plans ahead of the game, according to NFL.com. However, it appears as though the veteran National Football League mind is now on board with whatever it is that his newest offensive weapon decides to do going forward.

Del Rio said he spoke with his new running back about his protest, and Lynch told him, "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

"I talked to Marshawn to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said after a 20-10 loss to the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me". But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing.

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.

Marshawn Lynch didn't play during the Oakland Raiders preseason opener Saturday, but he attracted national attention. Sitting on the bench during the preseason, as opposed to kneeling, is also how Colin Kaepernick began his anthem protest past year.

Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowler, is known for shunning the media and did not elaborate on his decision to sit out the anthem. "So my take on it is [expletive] it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point I just hope people open up their eyes to see that it's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop".

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