13 August, 2017
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. However, coach Jack Del Rio has already spoken with Lynch and confirmed that the matter was a "non-issue", according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair. "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.
Whether you agree with the protesting that's been done by NFL players across the league or you don't, Lynch taking a seat during the national anthem is a note-worthy matter.
During an interview on Conan past year, Lynch discussed former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaeperneck taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
It's possible that Lynch has skipped the anthem in some settings, but Del Rio's statement made it sound like Lynch has consistently sat out the anthem throughout his career. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing.
The issue was polarizing when Kaepernick protested past year and was joined by several players across the country. But what Del Rio said was misleading at best, and outright false at worst.
Lynch's locker was cleared by the time the media was permitted in the postgame locker room Saturday night, per multiple reporters.