Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Lynch, who did not play in the game, sat on an orange cooler, arms on his knees, while all others around him stood.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem before Saturday's preseason game at Arizona.

"[Lynch] said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

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With all of the continued buzz surrounding former San Francisco 49ers and current free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it is no surprise that Lynch's decision forced a reaction from Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem prior to the team's 20-10 loss to the Cardinals in their preseason opener. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said.

PFT tracked down a video of the national anthem before the November 13, 2011 Ravens-Seahawks game in Seattle, and that video clearly shows Lynch standing for the anthem.

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"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said. "You do your thing.' So it's a non-issue for me".

It's possible that Lynch has skipped the anthem in some settings, but Del Rio's statement made it sound like Lynch has consistently sat out the anthem throughout his career. His locker was cleared by the time media was granted access to the locker room, multiple reporters said.

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.

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