Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem


Photo Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem on Saturday before a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lynch has a far more secure situation in Oakland, as he's playing for his hometown team and is expected to be the Raiders' starting running back this season after coming out of retirement to play under head coach Jack Del Rio.

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.

One of the hottest topics of discussion this past season in the National Football League was the protesting of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and thanks to Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, that topic will be discussed even further as the regular season draws closer.

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Lynch told Del Rio he has been sitting forever. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".

Several media outlets photographed Lynch sitting on a cooler, munching on a banana during the national anthem. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early previous year, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.

Marshawn Lynch sits during the National Anthem before tonight's Raiders/Cardinals pre-season game. He did not speak with the press.