NFL star Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem amid Charlotesville violence


Lynch sat during the national anthem, as captured by USA TODAY Sports Images photographers Mark J. Rebilas and Matt Kartozian, before his first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders.

Lynch was in uniform but did not play in the game, and photos show Lynch sitting on a cooler and holding a banana while the anthem played.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent after notably sitting during the national anthem last season.

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Lynch's locker was cleared by the time the media was permitted in the postgame locker room Saturday night, per multiple reporters.

Lynch has a far more secure situation in Oakland, as he's playing for his hometown team and is expected to be the Raiders' starting running back this season after coming out of retirement to play under head coach Jack Del Rio. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. "You do your thing and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said, according to ESPN.

Unlike Kaepernick, who struggled to regain his Super Bowl form of 2012 from 2013-2016 and is out of the league, Lynch is a Pro Bowl-caliber commodity. On, a hive of National Football League fandom where comments come via anonymous usernames, Lynch was met with considerably more ridicule-and was called an "imbecile", "classless", and a "sad excuse for a human being". I missed a couple. "I've got to wait until next week". The Cardinals starters did not play in the team's 20-18 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game.