Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem

AP

Marshawn Lynch was back for his first NFL game since 2015 on Saturday night, and while he didn’t get on the field for the Raiders’ preseason opener, he did get noticed.

Lynch sat during the national anthem, echoing the actions of Colin Kaepernick, who began a national conversation when he sat during the anthem during the preseason last year. Lynch did not speak to reporters after the game and has not explained why he sat.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he believes in standing for the anthem but isn’t going to attempt to force Lynch to do so.

“I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing and we’ll do ours,” Del Rio said he told Lynch.

Kaepernick has said through his representatives that if he signs with a team this year, he’s going to stand for the anthem. Other players who joined Kaepernick in kneeling during the anthem last year have signaled that they’re going to stand this year as well. But Lynch has always been his own man, and he’s going to do his own thing.

130 responses to “Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem

  1. It works like this Marshawn;

    You protest to bring attention to your cause. If you have no cause, or don’t tell anyone your cause, then you just look like a douche.

  2. Its time more players have a pair, you know damn well, there are about 50% more players that think just like CK but are frightened to lose pay, just like everyone that disagree with CK and refuse to watch football its time for everyone that agree with CK and refuse to watch football too until he is hired!!!

  3. Everyone has the right to choose, of course, but how is sitting/kneeling/laying down or whatever else you can think of to do during the anthem going to end police brutality/ racism/ bigotry etc.or solve other pressing world issues? “Raising awareness” or causing a stir on social media is not a substitute for taking action to help change things you feel strongly about.

  4. The least you can do is stand for the national anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a damn game.

    America is far from perfect, but honor and respect those who fought and died for the rights you have today.

  5. Another chance for the anthem truthers to tell us how patriotic they are. Go ahead, let’s hear all the “Lynch is an idiot, I’m so much better than he is” comments. The truthers don’t care freedom, they care about promoting themselves.

    How about displaying your patriotism by supporting the individual liberty that is the real standard of the United States?

  6. “The least you can is stand for the national anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a damn game”.

    The country has nothing to do with “allowing” Lynch to make millions. Lynch’s talent, and the Raiders willingness to pay for that talent, allows him to make millions.

    The best European soccer players make hundreds of millions. Are you claiming that is a result of Great Britain or Germany allowing them to do so?

  7. For a man who hates the media he sure seeks its attention out. I guess the media is only a problem until you need them huh?

  8. Still waiting for one of these clowns to take action by sitting during the actual game and not playing to make a statement. Amazing how they don’t protest or do things to spark awareness during the off-season like so many other players do with their FREE time.

    Been there done that, move along, nothing to see here except a self-centered player who is looking for attention for himself, not any particular cause. Don’t be fooled.

  9. mcjon22 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:23 am
    The least you can do is stand for the national anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a damn game.

    America is far from perfect, but honor and respect those who fought and died for the rights you have today.
    ——————————

    You mean the right to peacefully protest? Or does that right only apply to the things you agree with?

  10. I’m convinced signing with his hometown team is more of a publicity tour for his brand. FB is 2ndary.

  11. The NFL needs to show some brains/balls and start suspending guys without pay for these actions that upset a huge majority of their customer-base, to say nothing of insult the country in which they operate their businesses.

    When a player is on the field he is at his place of employment. Doing something that disrespectful at any other place of work would get you suspended or fired. If LeastMode wants to “protest” he can do it while unemployed.

  12. Playing the national anthem at a preseasoner seems extremely ostentatious and self-aggrandizing to me. Your dumb pretend game isn’t of national importance. It should only be played when sports games coincide with commemorative dates like 4/7, 9/11, Veterans Day etc, and at finals like the SB and championship games, and ok at the season opener too. I even stand at home, on my own, on commemorative dates. But to just play it at every single opportunity cheapens it to the point of meaningless, asocial media popularity contest drivel like we see here.

  13. I see so many comments which despise and condemn Lynch for his action. I wonder those same commenters feel about the protesters who were on UVA campus? I’m not being rhetorical I really want to know.

  14. You all do know that Oakland has had some of the worst cases of police brutality, right? You all do know that it was so bad that the Federal Government threatened to take over the police department and ANY time the police used force they had to report it to the federal government. Actually this was beyond brutality. Black men and hispanics were being gunned down by the police. Most of which were former military who were atttacted to the OPD because Oakland police salary is close to 100k per year.

    Just look at what happened yesterday in VA. A man premeditates a domestic terrorist attack and the murder of protestors and is only charged with 2nd degree murder because he was of Caucasian descent and his victims were of African descent. Because of this racial dynamic it wasn’t considered a terrorsit act:

    This sitting for anthem is justified, and it’s ashame that you all respect a inanimate object like a flag more than you do the athletes you all cheer for every Sunday.

  15. It is getting harder and harder for a fan to financially support the NFL and its players. There are other forms of entertainment.

  16. Not at all surprised by this. I said all along that Lynch is a headcase and basically now he’s pulling this in a ploy for attention, basically saying “look at me!, look at me!”. I just hope that the circus atmosphere doesn’t screw up the Raiders on the field.

    And speaking of on the field, I’m still convinced that Lynch is washed-up and has next-to-nothing to contribute. Fortunately the Raiders have Richard and Washington who are productive RBs.

  17. Here come the fake outrage(mostly whites). Fake outrage being that they pretend to care about the flag and the anthem. Knowing damn well they walk, Talk, Drink, and look at their phones all during the National Anthem which I’ve seen for myself.

  18. I watched and listened to Lynch crash a NFL Network set and he couldn’t put two intelligent words together. And by the looks of the two reporters, they couldn’t either. I hope one of these days somebody calls him out. He’s the kind the UCLA quarterback was talking about.

  19. Keep on sitting sir. Keep on sitting. That way the rest of us can sit back and watch people lose their minds on these comment boards. “The NFL doesn’t respect the military?” Ummm…I think he was protesting the police. “Uniforms are uniforms! The NFL hates cops!

  20. “But Lynch has always been his own man, and he’s going to do his own thing.”

    Which is pimping his brand. Now go show how you too are your own rebellious dog and buy his gear boss.

    #transparent

  21. Let’s be honest if Lynch didn’t play football he’d be in jail, or fighting with terrorist organizations in the Middle East. His thinking process is slightly above a functioning imbecile so to expecting him to take a moment to honor those that died so he can express his ignorance, or those that give their lives every day so him and his family are safe need to lower their expectations a lot. Just because they play a sport doesn’t make them a good citizen, or a good person.

  22. @tacowrecker!

    If you don’t think PEACEFUL, symbolic protests change things then Sir, you should read more. Have you ever heard of the bus boycott, started by Mrs. Rosa Parks, when she refused to sit in the back of the bus.

    PEACEFUL protests are the American way. It is American to state your grievances PEACEFULLY.

  23. The Raiders should sign Colin K so ML can have someone to keep him company on the bench…during the anthem and during the game!

  24. Colin Kaepernick ‘claimed’ to have a cause after the first time. I question that…but really…just how much attention did his ‘protest’ bring to that ’cause?’

    None.

    Standing for the anthem isn’t about protesting the boys in blue (which, btw, many are actually black). It’s about honoring the soldiers who fight for us and honoring the American People as a union.

    Colin Kaepernick is getting what he deserves. And frankly, if Marshawn Lynch did this intentionally (which I question) then Marshawn Lynch should get what he deserves.

    I don’t care for the current administration. I’m not liberal, but I’m not a hater either, which is what the administration seems to promote. But that does not change how I feel about my nation, the soldiers who fight for me, or the American People.

  25. If you saw him on the NFL live interview a few days ago you saw all you needed to see about this individual. Sad excuse for a human being who thinks he is unaccountable to anyone.

  26. Americans are cowards regarding race. We’d rather pretend it’s all good, than to deal with it. Many think elevating all to full citizenship status, somehow deducts from their freedoms. What a crazy proposition.

    Good for Marshawn. I have just become a huge fan. There was almost universal love for BEAST MODE-until now. Which side are you on? Marshawn or the KKK?

  27. https://www.google.com/amp/fox8.com/2017/08/12/euclid-police-release-statement-on-violent-arrest-captured-on-video-shared-on-social-media/amp/

    People will always say well follow orders, etc but its hard when you’re getting your ass kicked. This is what African Americans see daily. Sometimes it’s justified honestly and others it’s like omg. I’ll always be objective and fair but this is another reason why you have the Kapernick situation. It’s just a statement to bring awareness. Yes our communities have issues but I honestly haven’t seen many other races being attacked like this by police. I’m not trying to do the race thing but as a criminal justice major , I think it’s times like this where it’s overkill. I’ve seen videos where the force is justified but here it doesn’t seem like it is. The officer has control of the suspect at multiple times and chooses to hit him repeatedly. I don’t know what happened prior, I am interested in the fact that it seems this was based off a traffic violation, it should have never turned to this. Regardless of race, police need to learn how to de- escalate situations better. They will not get charged because they can always say they felt threatened or fearful. It’s to easy to get away with it. It’s all a shame to see this and everything else that’s happening in the world. Toooo many fingers being pointed and no real leaders on all levels. In this political world of social media, people just watch and hide. Sorry That’s not fake news.

  28. So glad to not be a fan of the Raiders……enjoy this distraction all year!!!
    Stupid is as stupid does….. RUN MARSHA, RUN!!!!!!

  29. Good for him. Wake up fans…the world is laughing at us. We pack stadiums for a damn football game but don’t stand for a whole lot more. Turn off Fox News for a change and try to have a heart. And realize There are some things on this country that are really messed up. Who’s gonna raise awareness? It’s gotta be someone with visibility.

  30. boknowsvt says:

    I wonder how many people get off their couches and stand for the anthem when it’s played?
    //////////////////////

    I don’t stand in the privacy of my home, but I sure stand and show respect when I’m out in public. And I can’t think of a place more public than being on national TV.

  31. After 2 decades of crap on the field the Raiders and there fans don’t need this kind of distraction. Lynch will single handedly derail the season, he is not worth all of this.

  32. Another creep trying for a career as an “activist”. All you have to do is hate your country.

    Or, when you get your way, say that “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”

    Their concept of a republic is that if your political party wins, you rejoice and pay attention. If the other folks win, you scream your vitriol at them, refuse to follow “their” rules, and … devote all your time to getting back into a majority.

  33. Interesting. He did this on a day there was chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia, again a clash about White Nationalist and racism. Could be a coincidence.

  34. These players are worth millions. If this country is so bad, why don’t they just move to a better one. You know, a country that pays millions more just to play a game.

    Oh wait, that option doesn’t exists.

  35. I thought the Raiders really came around last year. I know the Raider fans that post here are really positive about this year.

    With the upcoming move to Vegas and this fool here comes a boat load of distractions. Good luck with that.

    Maybe Seattle was better off throwing that intercepted pass in the SB. Who knows if they handed off to Lynch, he just might have sat down.

  36. Football is one of the few things that brings people together in this country. Let us enjoy a few ours and leave the politics out. You want to make a statement you should do it on your own time.

  37. Lynch is a SELF PROCLAIMED football star. He stands for nothing but himself and this latest stunt is nothing but an attempt to get attention because he finished as a formidable runner. Go away LEAST MODE.

  38. Colin Kaepernick showed a lot of courage when everyone else was willing to lie down and get kicked. We’re all standing by watching white supremacists take a lead role in our country. Nobody in their right mind is going to question the courage of Marshawn Lynch. At least they’re not man enough to do it to his face.

  39. Why don’t we do something different this time. Let’s not put 1 camera on him and not pay attention to him.
    Then let’s see what this little be-atch does.
    It’s all about attention.
    The media attention is all they want.

  40. I’ve lived in Nashville since ’99. Living here, only 45 minutes from Clarksville TN, home of the 101st Airborne Division…. Basically these guys are the first to show up to any and all wars. Oakland opens@Titans. Gonna suck seeing this *** Clown sitting during anthem. Disrespectful

  41. campcouch says:
    August 13, 2017 at 5:49 am
    hahahahaha this is great. I can’t wait to hear the bellyaches about this.

    ——————-
    What bellyaching? Whether or not some of us like it its his right and thats the beauty of America. And since he can deliver on the field he belongs on a football team regardless of the protest. (Protest/not protest has never been grounds to put a person on a team or not) And as soon as he cant deliver anymore he will be cut. But it will be because the performance declined not the protest. What we dont need at that time is all these snowflakes insisting he should still be on a team regardless of performance level and calling it some racial plot. Thats the part where it all got off track.

    I am sure there will be more doing it and also raised fists. God bless and power to them. But what I say above about performance will apply to them too.

    For now….do it up Mashawn. Power to ya. Those turning their back on him over this are letting politics into their football just as much as anyone. When you think about football just keep your thoughts on just football.

  42. duffelbagsports says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:56 am
    mcjon22 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:23 am
    The least you can do is stand for the national anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a damn game.

    America is far from perfect, but honor and respect those who fought and died for the rights you have today.
    ——————————

    You mean the right to peacefully protest? Or does that right only apply to the things you agree with?
    ___________________________________________________________________

    These guys can protest all they want, go for it. But show me anywhere that workers have a right to protest while on the clock. It’s not when they strike as a union as they are not on the clock at that time.

  43. They play the national anthem before games? Oh…..that must be when they’re getting in another commercial, and I’m grabbing a beer. Honestly, with all the problems and garbage that you have to worry about, why get worked up over this? It doesn’t bother me a bit.

  44. In other news….NFL ratings continue to drop as players continue to bring their stupid politics into the game we love to watch so we can escape politics for a few hours…

  45. 49ersfury says:
    August 13, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Just look at what happened yesterday in VA. A man premeditates a domestic terrorist attack and the murder of protestors and is only charged with 2nd degree murder because he was of Caucasian descent and his victims were of African descent. Because of this racial dynamic it wasn’t considered a terrorsit act:

    —————
    What happened yesterday was a sickening crime. But you are jumping to a couple conclusions. He has actually not been charged with anything, Just arrested for second degree murder. The final charges are pending the investigation. Thats playing it smart because this has all the appearance of a first degree premeditated hate crime and you want to be sure they have what they need to hang that on him. It would be infuriating to have some clever lawyer cast any doubt on that by arguing that he was just driving recklessly and lost control. So let them work, and dont take the fact that they are playing it careful to mean they are discounting the crime because of the color of the victims. And that brings me to the second place you are wrong is the color of the victims, I believe the woman he killed was white. But really it doesnt matter either way, she was a human being that had her life taken. That whole thing is just miserable.

  46. Can’t we just watch and enjoy football without all the political crap? Really, if that’s what you want then turn on Fox or CNN and knock yourself out!

  47. bronx33 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    Can’t we just watch and enjoy football without all the political crap? Really, if that’s what you want then turn on Fox or CNN and knock yourself out!

    ——

    We could if the NFL didn’t politicize the sport by bringing the anthem into it in the first place.
    They’re a private corporation not a government function.
    Do you have to salute the flag before you start YOUR work day?

  48. it’s funny that the only ones crying about this issue are white people. if black athletes wanted to sit out and protest, the nfl would suffer and you’ll see these “fans” true colors come out!

  49. tangotwo22 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 11:49 am
    Another idiot who doesn’t care about the country he lives in….go play football in Iran.

    Yeah that’s it. If you don’t agree with cops killing people, go somewhere else. It’s the american way.

  50. I hope that all lose a knee so then can ” kneel / sit ” the rest of there clueless lives ..get the hell out of the country then !

  51. cardinealsfan20 says:
    How about displaying your patriotism by supporting the individual liberty that is the real standard of the United States?


    You know full well that no one has individual liberty on their employer’s time. You conveniently ignore that little fact because it doesn’t fit your victimization narrative.

  52. 49erfury-

    This sitting for anthem is justified, and it’s ashame that you all respect a inanimate object like a flag more than you do the athletes you all cheer for every Sunday.

    You are darned right. I respect the flag and what it stands for FAR more than the half wits who entertain me by playing football.

  53. hound32 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    I hope that all lose a knee so then can ” kneel / sit ” the rest of there clueless lives ..get the hell out of the country then !

    Howbout YOU get the hell out and find a country where cops are allowed to kill minorities, if that’s what you’re so passionate to defend.

  54. one of my favorite NFL players. Until now….He offended the very country that is paying him millions of dollars to play a game.

  55. @STREETYSON. comment at 7.12am: completely agree with you.I’ve been saying for quite a while that national anthems have no room at sporting events, save when they coincide with some date of national significance.Problem is that the NFL can’t stop now playing the anthem or they will be seen as caving in to a couple of morons out to prove a point. Perhaps, and not sure, they could come out with a “code of conduct” where, by somebody violating it, forfeits the chance of playing in that game, with the accompanying loss of pay for that day, and repeating the action will mean voiding his contract. Dicey…again, not sure if it would have legal standing.

    But….better cut this in the bud…or it will spread, with very ugly consecuences…

  56. duffelbagsports says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:56 am
    mcjon22 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:23 am
    The least you can do is stand for the national anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a damn game.

    America is far from perfect, but honor and respect those who fought and died for the rights you have today.
    ——————————

    You mean the right to peacefully protest? Or does that right only apply to the things you agree with?
    ——————-

    Nope, but if you’re going to peaceably protest, do it on your own time, not while at work…especially at work being paid MILLIONS. I don’t know of any jobs that, while you’re on the clock and being paid to do a job, also allows you to protest something that has nothing to do with your work or your job.

  57. snapcracklepopfart says:
    August 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    hound32 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    I hope that all lose a knee so then can ” kneel / sit ” the rest of there clueless lives ..get the hell out of the country then !

    Howbout YOU get the hell out and find a country where cops are allowed to kill minorities, if that’s what you’re so passionate to defend.
    ——————

    Please show me where cops are *allowed* to kill minorities. Nowhere did I read in that person’s comment that he/she wishes or is passionate about cops being allowed to kill minorities. That’s just your illiteracy showing, and your lack of comprehension skills.

  58. The playing of the national anthem has a long history. If you go to a baseball game in Canada, you will the US and Canadian anthems. Even at the Olympics, the anthem of the Gold medal winner will hear their song, with the participants of the other countries only standing in respect, despite how they may or may not feel about the other country.

    I wonder how many people that support Lynch would also demand Google rehire the engineer they just fired for protesting the way a billionaire runs his company?

  59. The anthem. The one thing that unites us all. Conservative or liberal, democrat or republican, Packers or Vikings fan. Doesn’t matter, we all stand under one allegiance.

    Until now.

    Idiots. So we did the National anthem represent the Police more so than the veterans or the American citizen?

  60. I want to know why being paid millions would keep someone from protesting injustices they’ve faced, their family members face and kids that look like them face? I also don’t understand why people ask for athletes to be roles models and then get offended when they stick up for something they believe in. These are peaceful demonstrations that aren’t causing anyone harm unlike what took place in Charlottesville this past weekend, so I’m not exactly sure why a lot of you guys feel the way you do. It’s somewhat sad and truly shows how much our country hasn’t changed.

  61. it’s sad that this guy can’t express himself the way he wants…it’s sad what’s happening to Kap…they both would be better off ramming their car into a crowd of people I guess

  62. streetyson says:
    August 13, 2017 at 7:12 am
    Playing the national anthem at a preseasoner seems extremely ostentatious and self-aggrandizing to me. Your dumb pretend game isn’t of national importance.

    Your dumb game? You mean the one you spend every day commenting about?

    Did anyone think Lynch WOULDN’T take this opportunity to further his anti-white agenda? Listen to what he says when he does decide to speak. He took offense to a video game b/c there wasn’t enough melanin in the made up characters. There’s a word for people who think color first. Right there on the tip of my tongue……

  63. 49erfury-

    This sitting for anthem is justified, and it’s ashame that you all respect a inanimate object like a flag more than you do the athletes you all cheer for every Sunday.

    That sound you hear, going over your head, yeah, that was it. This whole concept.

  64. mcjon22 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:23 am

    The least you can do is stand for the national anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a damn game.

    America is far from perfect, but honor and respect those who fought and died for the rights you have today.

    ——

    WHY do people think this protest has anything to do with the military? The flag represents more than the military and freedom, it also represents unity. If you have never served for the military, please don’t tell someone how to “respect the flag”. Standing for the flag for many people is the MOST they’re willing to do to show they deserve their uninterrupted lives. If you think people should not protest because you’re not racist or you haven’t been the victim of racism, it doesn’t mean that racism doesn’t exist.

    These protests have NOTHING to do with the military. Listen or read Michael Bennett’s reasons for protesting. Stop being stupid.

  65. Or I should say, standing for the flag is the MOST they’re willing to do to show support for their country for not interrupting their lives. It doesn’t make you patriotic. It makes you lazy and judgmental.

  66. Athletes have a platform to protest peacefully no different than when Hollywood gets on their soapbox. They have an opportunity to use their publicity. If you don’t protest at your job, it’s probably because nobody else is going to see it outside of your job. So, there is little point in doing that. Gandhi, MLK, Mandela, etc. brought about change with non-violent protests. Someone here said the flag doesn’t represent police more than it represents the military and American citizens. Well guess what? Your cause/belief is not any more important than someone else’s by your logic. The flag represents different things to different people. They feel the police are targeting their race and they’re letting everyone know that they don’t feel represented in a country that is supposed to be fair and just to everyone. One Nation, indivisible. Do any of you actually listen to the National Anthem? This has nothing to do with the military or how much money they make. When anyone is killed unjustly, nobody checks what their occupation or salary is before hand. People need to get a clue and stop living within their 4 walls. #NoCommonSense

  67. I say if Lynch, & who ever else does not want to participate in the National Anthem, let them sit/kneel whatever, in the locker room with no camera’s on them at all until it is over.

    Last year the media focus on this every game to see who was going to kneel. Then, they made sure to show it 3 or 4 times during the game. I am tired of the media’s agenda.

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