The 31-year-old chose to sit for the National Anthem on Saturday night during Oakland’s exhibition contest against Arizona.
With all of the continued buzz surrounding former San Francisco 49ers and current free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it is no surprise that Lynch’s decision forced a reaction from Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.
Lynch, who last spoke to the media in June, did not speak to reporters after the game. “But I respect you as a man and you can do your thing”.
Frankly, I think he’s a genius who’s laughing at all of us; for me that was confirmed when he was one of very few high profile National Football League players who came out in support of Colin Kaepernick’s principled stand for Black lives previous year.
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Last year, during a televised interview on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show, Lynch lent his support to fellow sportsman Colin Kaepernick who knelt while the US national anthem was played to protest police brutality and institutional racism in general.
“PFT tracked down a video of the national anthem before the November 13, 2011, Ravens-Seahawks game in Seattle, and that video clearly shows Lynch standing for the anthem”. As pointed out by Hawkins, some fans on social media noted that Lynch wasn’t standing for the anthem.
Lynch has spoken up on behalf of Kaepernick in the past, saying in 2016, “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered“. “If you’re really not racist, then you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America”.
Lynch was not among the players who kneeled during Kaepernick’s protest last season, though he did praise the controversial quarterback for taking action during an appearance on “Conan” in September.