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Marshawn Lynch photographed sitting during National Anthem

Marshawn Lynch photographed sitting during National Anthem

Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders' 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

The Oakland Raiders played their first preseason game of the year on Saturday evening, but the outcome and players' performances won't be the dominant storyline that emerges. "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

Colin Kaepernick says he will stand for the national anthem this season - if he manages to find a team - but his message lives on. Lynch did not speak to the media Saturday night, but the move appears to be a reaction to Saturday's violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Along those same lines, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio also didn't take issues with Lynch's actions, which is being seen as an overall approval by the Raiders as an organization.




Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn't know Lynch hadn't stood for the anthem. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem".

Unlike Kaepernick, who struggled to regain his Super Bowl form of 2012 from 2013-2016 and is out of the league, Lynch is a Pro Bowl-caliber commodity. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".

Lynch didn't play in the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. I missed a long one to Jaron (Brown) and wanted to kind of redeem myself. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early a year ago, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.


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