Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason NFL game by sitting during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.
Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to Lynch about the issue after the game. The two discussed it afterward and came to an understanding.
Lynch was not in the National Football League during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season but has previously expressed his opinion on Kaepernick's action. "So, that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said.
Lynch told Del Rio he has been sitting forever. You do your thing and we'll do ours.
Lynch hasn't spoken with media in Napa during training camp yet, and given that he hasn't stood for the anthem in over a decade it's unlikely he will do so for this matter. When Kaepernick sat last summer, it didn't take long for the protesting to become not only an National Football League topic of discussion, but a country-wide discussion that was had. 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. Lynch voiced support for Kaepernick while speaking to talk-show host Conan O'Brien past year, and Saturday's sit-down came right after racially-motivated protests and violence recently took place in Charlottesville, Va.
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. He did not speak with the press.