Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem.
From SF Gate:
The Raiders weren’t going to take any chances, so coach Jack Del Rio only used two offensive starters in Saturday night’s preseason-opening 20-10 loss to the Cardinals. Not only did quarterback Derek Carr, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch sit this one out, but Lynch sat on the bench during the national anthem.
Del Rio was surprised that Lynch sat during the anthem and talked to him afterward. (Lynch was long gone by the time the locker room doors opened).
“He said, ‘This is something I have done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said. “I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing.
“So, it’s a non-issue for me.”
As for Carr, he wanted to play but the Raiders not only decided against it with left tackle Donald Penn holding out, but Del Rio gave Pro Bowl guard Kelechi Osemele, Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson and guard Gabe Jackson the night off as well.
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