Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem vs. Cardinals

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem Before Preseason Game

"And I mean, if you're really not 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".

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn't know he was going to do that.

Lynch was not in the National Football League during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season but has previously expressed his opinion on Kaepernick's action.

The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood. The coach said he spoke to Lynch and was told this is nothing new for the running back.

The Oakland Raiders played their first preseason game of the year on Saturday evening, but the outcome and players' performances won't be the dominant storyline that emerges. "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years". You do your thing and we'll do ours.

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"Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he's part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing", Manuel said.

Phil Dawson connected on both extra-point attempts and added a 28-yard field goal, but Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed on a 51-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter that was partially blocked by Cardinals defensive tackle Josh Mauro.

Lynch told Del Rio he has being sitting forever. Lynch, who was retired for the 2016 season, suited up but didn't take the field against the Arizona Cardinals.

"It was my decision", Del Rio said.

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