Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem before Raiders preseason game

14 August, 2017, 06:35 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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Yet there's also evidence that he sat down during the national anthem in some instances, including the Seahawks' playoff game against the Panthers in January 2016.

Ex-Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took a seat Saturday during the national anthem at a pre-season Oakland Raiders game, and social media went a little insane.

The Raiders return for another pre-season game Saturday, Aug. 19 at home against the L.A. Rams for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said postgame that he was "surprised" by Lynch's decision.

"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said, according to the NFL Network. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".

Like Lynch, who didn't speak publicly about his move after Saturday's game, the outspoken Bennett has been a vocal supporter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faced criticism for kneeling during pregame renditions of the national anthem last season to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Kaepernick has not signed with a team for the 2017 season amid accusations league owners - denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell - are blackballing him.

Despite Lynch's claims, photographs quickly made the rounds on social media showing Lynch standing for the anthem during his time with the Seahawks.

Lynch, who did not play in the game, sat on an orange cooler, arms on his knees, while all others around him stood.

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