Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem at Raiders' Preseason Game

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Lynch sat during the national anthem, as captured by USA TODAY Sports Images photographers Mark J. Rebilas and Matt Kartozian, before his first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders.

Although the start of the 2017 regular season is still several weeks away, new Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is already creating headlines.

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Former 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick came under fire last season for sitting, and then kneeling, during the National Anthem prior to San Francisco's games, and Kaepernick is still without an NFL contract. 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. The Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said he had spoken to the running back about his decision after the game. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel". Lynch, who was retired for the 2016 season, suited up but didn't take the field against the Arizona Cardinals.

Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th National Football League season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. He's among the most dominant running backs of the past decade, a Super Bowl victor, and returned from retirement this year to play for his hometown Raiders. "You do your thing and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said, according to ESPN. I missed a long one to Jaron (Brown) and wanted to kind of redeem myself.

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