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Raiders' Lynch remains seated during anthem

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

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 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Photos show Lynch, who suited up but did not play, sitting on a cooler while holding a banana during the anthem.

Lynch has talked to the media once since he came out of retirement and was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring, and that was in the offseason program.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke with Lynch after the game and was not aware that he planned to sit.

"[Lynch] said, 'This is something I have done for 11 years, it's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So, you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem but I am going to respect you as a man. You do your thing and we will do ours. So, that's a non-issue for me," Del Rio said.

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