Raiders’ running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the National Anthem before Saturday night’s exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Az.
As the anthem played, Lynch was photographed by USA Today sitting on an orange cooler while teammates, coaches and support staff stood at attention.
Lynch rarely speaks to the media and hasn’t talked on the record at any point during training camp, and it’s not known if he was protesting the white nationalist event in Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in counter-protests with three dead and dozens injured.
During an appearance on the Conan O’Brien show nearly a year ago, Lynch was asked by the host about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem and gave his support.
“I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered,” Lynch said. “I mean, my take on it is (expletive) has got to start somewhere — and if that was the starting point — I just hope people up their eyes to see there’s really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop.
“And I mean, if you’re really not a racist, then you’re going to see what he’s done, what he’s doing (not) as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”
The Raiders lost 20-10 to the Cardinals and Lynch did not play.
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