In his first game back since the 2015 season, Lynch was dressed in uniform but did not play.
Last year, when Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest sparked a national controversy, Lynch was out of the NFL and therefore wasn't in position to either sit, stand, or lock arms with teammates, as Lynch's former team did. "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".
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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. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said Lynch told him.
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.
"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said. You do your thing. Lynch has not spoken to the media at this time, so it's unclear if his statement and the incident are directly related. "You do your thing.' So it's a non-issue for me". Lynch voiced support for Kaepernick while speaking to talk-show host Conan O'Brien a year ago, and Saturday's sit-down came right after racially-motivated protests and violence recently took place in Charlottesville, Va.