Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

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"I said, 'So you understand how I feel".

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was unaware of Lynch's intention to sit but said he spoke with the veteran rusher after the game.

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.

Taking an apparent cue from Colin Kaepernick's oft-criticized protests from the 2016 season, Lynch ate a banana and did not stand in alignment with his teammates.

After deciding to return to football during the offseason, Lynch was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a swap of late-round selections between the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. "You do your thing and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said, according to ESPN.


"You always need this kind of performance", Stanton said, after completing 11-of-15 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

"Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he's part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing", Manuel said.

Lynch did not play in Saturday's game, and he had left the locker room by the time reporters arrived. He has the respect of many peers across the league and players themselves are big fans of the one they call Beast Mode.

Raiders quarterback E.J. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early a year ago, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.

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