Before Saturday's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch did not stand during the National Anthem seemingly joining the movement former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started.
According to Sports Illustrated, Lynch came out of retirement to join the Raiders this season, fulfilling a childhood dream of playing in Oakland. While his actions appeared to be in protest, the player told Head Coach Jack Del Rio after the team's 20-10 loss that he has always sat during the anthem. This isn't an aberration in his 11-year career as a football player.
Marshawn Lynch tells Jack Del Rio he's been sitting during the national anthem his entire 11 year career. Called it "a non-issue for me." https://t.co/Jm2E1aUKju— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 13, 2017
Jack Del Rio on Marshawn Lynch not standing for the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/cgZkDTwWFJ— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) August 13, 2017
Twitter users pointed out that Lynch's personality makes him perfect for a protest of this nature if he was committed to protesting. It must be noted that the player did come out in support of Kaepernick last year on The Conan O'Brien Show.
Marshawn Lynch is exactly the type of nigga we need to sit during the national anthem cuz he don't give not one single fuck 😭😭— Bute&Thick (@_moniemontana) August 13, 2017
If you're pissed off at Marshawn Lynch for his silent protest, but condone the #Charlottesviille alt-right protests YOU are the issue.— Coach Ortiz (@DraftOrtiz) August 13, 2017
Watch white ppl be more fake mad at Marshawn Lynch than real mad at the white supremacist terrorists who killed people in #Charlottesville.— #BlackAugust (@Delo_Taylor) August 13, 2017
Let's see the NFL try to blackball Marshawn Lynch for sitting down, quietly and non-violently like Kaep I must add, during the anthem.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 13, 2017
Prior to Lynch's not-protest, The Eagles' safety Malcolm Jenkins said he will raise his fist this season during the National Anthem in support of Kaepernick's protest that brings awareness to police brutality.
“Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no consequence,” Jenkins told ESPN. “After spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it's clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.”