Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio doesn't approve of Lynch's actions, but doesn't plan to take any action to stop him.
Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason N.F.L. game by sitting during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. "And 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". Lynch did not speak to the media Saturday night, but the move appears to be a reaction to Saturday's violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said, via ESPN. Kaepernick did the same thing prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last August that sparked the whole discussion about the silent protesting for injustices in the United States.
Lynch sitting down was immediately lumped in with those incidents.
During an interview on Conan a year ago, Lynch discussed former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaeperneck taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Lynch did not clarify why he generally sits during the national anthem, as he told Del Rio.
Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived. He did not speak with the press.