Sport Lynch sits during anthem in Raiders loss in Arizona

08:40  13 august  2017
08:40  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Lynch sits during national anthem vs. Cardinals

  Lynch sits during national anthem vs. Cardinals Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch became the latest athlete to not stand during the national anthem ahead of Saturday's preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders star, who sat out the 2016 season and came out of retirement this spring, is the latest NFL player to protest during the anthem, joining Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins - who will continue to do so this year - and free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, among others.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Marshawn Lynch , the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders ’ preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)© The Associated Press Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason NFL game by sitting during the national anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders' 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

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.

Jack Del Rio had the perfect response to Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem

  Jack Del Rio had the perfect response to Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem The Raiders coach says he'll "respect" Lynch's decisions.After the game, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was asked about Lynch's decision to do so.

(AP) — Marshawn Lynch , the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders ' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug.

BOX SCORE: CARDINALS 20, RAIDERS 10

Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.

Lynch did not play in the game.

Carson Palmer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Golden to cap his brief preseason debut while Oakland quarterback Derek Carr watched the game from the sideline.

Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th NFL season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game. It looked as if the Cardinals were headed for a short field goal, but the Raiders were called for covering the snapper on the kick, giving Arizona a first down and setting up its opening TD.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett remains seated during national anthem

  Seahawks DE Michael Bennett remains seated during national anthem Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett remains seating the national anthem during Sunday's preseason opener against the Chargers.After the song concluded, Bennett rejoined his teammates on the field who were standing with locked arms.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Marshawn Lynch , the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders ’ preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

David Johnson had a 10-yard run in the opening drive. The standout running back carried three times for 16 yards before calling it a night.

Two of the Raiders' top defensive players, All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spectators.

While it was the preseason opener for Oakland, it was Arizona's second outing. The Cardinals starters did not play in the team's 20-18 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game.

NO CARR: Carr had been expected to see his first action since breaking his right leg in a game last Christmas Eve, but coach Jack Del Rio chose to have his starter sit the opener out.

BACKUP BATTLE: E.J. Manuel got the start at quarterback for Oakland and had a strong showing in his battle with Connor Cook for the backup job. Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards.

Cook played the entire second half, completing 10 of 21 for 81 yards

Garrett shares his thoughts on national anthem protests

  Garrett shares his thoughts on national anthem protests Multiple NFL players have already chosen to protest during the playing of the national anthem before preseason games, and you can add Jason Garrett to the list of head coaches who do not want to see their guys taking part in the demonstrations. Garrett made his feelings clear when asked about national anthem protests on Tuesday.Jason Garrett: "There's no question in my mind the National Anthem is sacred, the flag is sacred and our team has demonstrated that.

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NO RUST: Palmer showed little sign of rust after a very light week of workouts.

He hadn't thrown a pass in practice since Tuesday, taking Wednesday and Thursday's workouts off.

CARDINALS QBs: Drew Stanton, who appears to have a firm hold on the backup quarterback job despite the addition of Blaine Gabbert, had a strong first half in relief of Palmer.

Stanton, Palmer's backup for the past four seasons, completed 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas.

Gabbert played most of the second half, completing 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards.

JUST WATCHING: Neither of Oakland's two top draft picks played. Cornerback Gareon Conley, the first-round pick, and the second rounder, safety Obi Melifonwu, are nursing injuries.

Arizona wide receiver John Brown, slowed by a quadriceps issue, did not play.

OFFENSE RESTS: The only members of Oakland's first team offense to play were tackles Marshall Newhouse and Vadal Alexander.

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John Lynch regrets calling anthem protests ‘divisive’ .
49ers general manager John Lynch earlier this week called national anthem protests "divisive" and had an opportunity on Friday to clarify his statement. "If I could take one thing back, I would have changed that word because of the negative connotation," Lynch said Friday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac" show. Lynch received criticism for his remarks while players throughout the league continue various forms of protest in light of the fatal attack at a white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

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