Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem


Whether you agree with the protesting that's been done by NFL players across the league or you don't, Lynch taking a seat during the national anthem is a note-worthy matter.

Lynch, who was retired for the 2016 season, suited up but didn't take the field against the Arizona Cardinals.

Why Lynch chose to sit hasn't yet been revealed, but it comes almost one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season.

Marshawn Lynch appeared to stage a silent protest in his return to the NFL, as the Oakland Raiders' running back remained seated during the national anthem prior to the team's exhibition opener at the Arizona Cardinals.

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UPDATE (1:24 a.m.): Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio spoke to the media after the game and said he was unaware Lynch would sit for the national anthem.

Sankey, a second-round draft pick by Tennessee in 2014, joined Minnesota's practice squad late last season. Lynch told Del Rio that he has sat for the national anthem for his entire NFL career.