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

19:50  13 august  2017
19:50  13 august  2017 Source:   For The Win

Lynch sits during anthem in Raiders loss in Arizona

  Lynch sits during anthem in Raiders loss in Arizona 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.

Marshawn Lynch set off a bit of a social media storm Saturday night when he sat on a cooler during the singing of the national anthem before the Raiders game in Arizona. After the game, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was asked about Lynch ’s decision to do so.

Back in the NFL after a year in retirement, new Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national However, after the game, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Lynch told him that he hadn’t stood for the anthem for “I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem ,” Del Rio said

Jack Del Rio had the perfect response to Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem© Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports Jack Del Rio had the perfect response to Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem

Marshawn Lynch set off a bit of a social media storm Saturday night when he sat on a cooler during the singing of the national anthem before the Raiders game in Arizona.

After the game, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was asked about Lynch's decision to do so.

Via USA TODAY Sports:

"He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years - it's not a form of anything other than me being myself,' " Del Rio said in a postgame news conference. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm gonna respect you as a man. You do your thing, OK, and we'll do ours.' "

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.

Marshawn Lynch was back for his first NFL game since 2015 on Saturday night, and while he didn’t get on the field for the Raiders’ preseason opener, he did get noticed. Lynch sat during the national anthem , echoing the actions of Colin Kaepernick

Shout out to Marshawn Lynch .. Every single Black athlete should be sitting during the national anthem based on the nazism on display today https If the racist/terrorist acts in #Charlottesville didn't bother you but Marshawn Lynch sitting during the anthem does, guess what you are

This is really the only way a coach should respond to one of his players "protesting" the anthem. It's not something Del Rio agrees with, but he's going to respect his player's decision. That's all a player can ask from his coach.

What Del Rio clearly understands - and the thing those who condemn such acts fail to - is that people have different experiences in this country. The flag may represent one thing for Del Rio (patriotism, freedom, the military, etc.) and another for Lynch (systematic racism, police brutality, oppression, etc.). On a dark day in this country's history, when a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville turned deadly, the decision to not stand for the anthem is understandable, no matter what lens you view it through.

Bennett explains why he will keep sitting during anthem

  Bennett explains why he will keep sitting during anthem With a new NFL season unofficially underway, it has become clear that some players across the league will continue protesting the national anthem. Bennett sat on the bench with a towel draped over his head during Sunday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn't play a down. Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders' 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to him about the issue after the game.

Marshawn Lynch was not standing while the national anthem played before the Raiders’ preseason game late Saturday night. Lynch , 31, reportedly told Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio that this is something he has been doing for 11 years.

Lynch has spoken out in support of Colin Kaepernick, who began his protest of the national anthem at the same time last year. During an appearance on Conan, the Raiders running back had this to say about the quarterback:

"Well I mean with what's going on, I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered," Lynch said. "So my take on it is [expletive] it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point I just hope people open up their eyes to see that it's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop. And I mean 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."

The Raiders fell to the Cardinals 20-10 in their preseason opener. Lynch did not play.

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch avoids questions about anthem .
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time in training camp and avoided questions regarding his decision to sit during the national anthem before last week's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Not long after the Raiders broke camp following their final practice, Lynch spoke briefly about his charity work in Oakland including an upcoming backpack giveaway for needy children, a business forum for youths he recently held and his thoughts on playing in the Coliseum this week.

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