Raiders' Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem Before Preseason Game

SAN DIEGO CA- NOVEMBER 16 Donald Penn #72 of the Oakland Raiders talks to the head linesman John Mc Grath #5 after a play in the first quater against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium

SAN DIEGO CA- NOVEMBER 16 Donald Penn #72 of the Oakland Raiders talks to the head linesman John Mc Grath #5 after a play in the first quater against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium

At University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night, it happened again, only it was a player from a different Bay Area team.

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, who has vocally supported Kaepernick in the past, a former quarterback on the biggest rival during Lynch's time in Seattle with the Seahawks, sat down as the national anthem played on Saturday before kickoff.

During an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show almost a year ago, Lynch was asked by the host about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the anthem and gave his support. When Kaepernick sat last summer, it didn't take long for the protesting to become not only an National Football League topic of discussion, but a country-wide discussion that was had. "That's a non-issue for me", Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said after the game, adding he was unaware Lynch had planned to sit during the anthem.

"And I mean, if you're really not a racist, then you're going to see what he's done, what he's doing (not) as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have".

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