Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem

Posted August 14, 2017

But that isn't something that should come as a surprise to fans given that Lynch hasn't stood for the anthem in 11 years, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Fallon Smith.

Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat and kneeled during the national anthem and protested police brutality.

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

Lynch did not clarify why he generally sits during the national anthem, as he told Del Rio.

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It is noteworthy however, that Del Rio used words like 'you, ' and 'we.' Clearly drawing a line and a division between Lynch and the rest of the squad when it comes to the issue of protest. "And I mean if you're really not racist, then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America but just addressing a problem that we have".

The star running back didn't play a single down on Saturday and the Raiders lost to the Cardinals 20-10, but Lynch easily generated the most attention to the exhibition game.

In previous exchanges with the media prior to or after games, Lynch responded to any and all questions by media reports with a simple "Yeah". "I said, 'So you understand how I feel".

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 (No. 24) can be seen standing on the sidelines during the anthem (about 3:40 of video). "With what's going on, I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered", Lynch told Conan O'Brien in September of previous year. He added that he hopes "people open up their eyes and see that there's really a big problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop".