Marshawn Lynch sometimes stood, sometimes sat for anthem as a Seahawk

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Saturday night was not the first time Marshawn Lynch sat for the national anthem, just the first time it gained widespread attention.

After seeing our post this morning with a picture of Lynch standing for the anthem during the 2011 season, contrary to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio saying Lynch told him he’d sat for the anthem for 11 years, former NFL receiver Andrew Hawkins contacted us on Twitter and pointed out that Lynch did not stand for the anthem multiple times in 2015.

Lynch’s absence from the anthem did not entirely go unnoticed at the time. As pointed out by Hawkins, some fans on social media noted that Lynch wasn’t standing for the anthem. But it apparently didn’t garner any media attention.

That lack of attention stands in stark contrast to the anthem protest begun last year by Colin Kaepernick, who became the subject of a nationwide conversation when he declined to stand for the anthem, and whose actions last year still seem to be affecting his ability to get a job in the NFL this year.

So why was there no firestorm around Lynch? Maybe it’s because Lynch did sometimes stand for the anthem. Maybe it’s because no one in the media even noticed when Lynch was sitting. Maybe it’s because Kaepernick’s anthem protest was accompanied by vocal criticism of the police and the American government, while Lynch has not said anything publicly about why he didn’t stand for the anthem.

Whatever the reasons, Kaepernick was not the first NFL player to sit out the anthem. Lynch did it before him, and few people noticed or cared.

91 responses to “Marshawn Lynch sometimes stood, sometimes sat for anthem as a Seahawk

  1. I wanted to draft a fantasy player. Not another activist. It doesn’t raise awareness. It divides
    Lame lame lame.

  2. Because of the narrative being pushed by the Leftist Media (including this outlet) we will be lucky if this country ever heals. We as Americans are blessed with Freedom of Speech. So I will use mine. I don’t care even slightly how marshawn Lynch feels. Play football. That is the only thing regular every day Joe’s care about, how well you play football.

    Just like Kaepernick’s inability to play well, so no one cares about his lot in life.

  3. It’s called a “narrative”. And the media and general public love to get stuck on them. Few use their grey matter any more to critically assess a situation. They react.

  4. I’m guessing that it has nothing to do with any stance or position on anything. He simply does whatever he feels like, just as he has throughout his whole career.

  5. “Maybe it’s because Kaepernick’s anthem protest was accompanied by vocal criticism of the police and the American government”

    Why do you always leave out the pig socks, hate tweets, Castro loving, and not voting?
    Time after time you ignore that to thinking fans it’s Kaepernick’s ignorance and hypocrisy that ‘elevate’ him to the level of contempt we hold him in and make him such a polarizing figure. Serious issues call for serious dialogue among serious people. Kaepernick is an ignorant dilettante, he and his ilk are part of the problem not the solution. There’s more Huey Long than there is Martin Luther King to his shtick. You do your own argument more harm than good by ignoring that reality.

  6. Here’s a solution: Any player that does not want to stand should stay in the locker room/tunnel until the anthem is over and come out afterwards, problem solved.

  7. For the millionth time, and i am a veteran nobody today is “fighting” for your freedom we are not getting taken over by anyone. Most you people never served never will and couldn’t serve. Tired of the “support our troops” crowd that think they are patriots by just saying the phrase . We serve for many different reasons and careless if someone sits or stands for the anthem. While we damn sure will stand you shouldn’t be worried about what anyone else does with their rights to sit the anthem. You don’t own this country or run it. Truth be told now these days the police are the first line of defense. The military these days are fighting agendas. Not for you are I or anyone else. Don’t get me wrong military is great it was fun it got me my home education and current job but things have changed in the last 100 years people.

  8. Now we see why Lynch wanted to come back, it was not about the game it is more about the BLM movement. Going to be a huge distraction for the Raiders this season.

  9. Yeah, I always thought it was all the other stuff Kaep did EXTRA to merely not standing. If someone is just sitting it’s ok by me so long as they aren’t doing so quietly and not distracting to others – after all, maybe they’re tired, disabled, or trying to keep weight of a joint etc. It’s only a game, not a lineup. I only bother to stand for 4th July and other special commemorative dates (Veterans Day etc), never just because there’s a game on.

  10. Evryone wants to stir up controversy and turn it into some huge story.

    This is Marshawn Lynch we’re talking about…hardly the type to engage in grand gestures or symbolic actions in the name of societal injustice. If he was sitting down…it’s probably because he felt like grabbing a seat while waiting for the game to start.

    Read between the lines all you want…the guy just wanted to sit down for a minute.

  11. That lack of attention stands in stark contrast to the anthem protest begun last year by Colin Kaepernick,
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    As usual, you absolutely REFUSE to acknowledge that it’s more about the simple act of blowing off the national anthem. Pig socks, comparing police training to cosmetology, telling 200 black kids in Chicago that they’re being oppressed, praising a communist dictator, bashing our country on foreign soil, ect, ect……….

    Lynch is just a follower.

  12. He’s back in the NFL because he misses the attention. Now that he’s back, he’s craving even more attention. Most people just don’t care.

  13. Another dumb man believing a false narrative pushed by Libs & Obama that all cops are racist. “Cambridge PD acted stupidly” “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon” “Hands up don’t shoot” ALL false narratives pushed by Obama, Libs & Lib Media to divide us.

  14. Aren’t YOU the media? YOU part of the problem you mention? Aren’t YOU in the business of bringing this to light if it’s an issue? And aren’t YOU trying to make this another silly firestorm by making it a “top” story even though YOU mention how long Lynch has been doing this off-and-on in a random manner?
    Please grow up.

  15. I wish they would just play football. This is old. To draw a comparison though Lynch is good, deserves a job and has one. Kapernick is terrible, doesn’t deserve a job and doesn’t have a job.

  16. margoadams says:
    August 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    Another dumb man believing a false narrative pushed by Libs & Obama that all cops are racist. “Cambridge PD acted stupidly” “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon” “Hands up don’t shoot” ALL false narratives pushed by Obama, Libs & Lib Media to divide us.

    That’s funny because I never heard Obama say that all cops are racist. Please provide a link to any article with that quote from him in it. Or maybe just stop pushing false right wing propaganda

  17. No one has to stand for the National Anthem. It’s a personal decision that has zero to do with our veterans. No one who was born here in this country has to love everything about America. What transpired this weekend is a freakin damn good reason to call attention to Nazi salutes and running down fellow Americans with their cars.

    Not enough athletes are speaking out. Kap being black balled should raise the ire of every single athlete in this country.

    Where are they? What is it going to take for them to say enough? We see where this country is headed.

  18. Kaep just sat. Everybody else turned it into a big deal. If you don’t like him, don’t follow him on twitter.

  19. Because of the narrative being pushed by the Right Wing Media (including this outlet and the lobbyists at Fox News) we will be lucky if this country ever heals. We as Americans are blessed with Freedom of Speech. So I will use mine. I don’t care even slightly how Right Wingers feel. Play football. That is the only thing regular every day Joe’s care about, how well you play football.

    Just like Tebow’s inability to play well, so no one cares about his lot in life.

  20. Aside from being washed-up I didn’t want the Raiders to acquire Lynch because he’s a distraction and a locker-room cancer. Del Rio & McKenzie said a lot of nice things about Lynch but that was to appease the owner. No other team really wanted Lynch and signing him was strictly Son-of-Al’s idea. In my opinion, this acquisition was as dumb as the Raiders trading for Randy Moss 12 years ago.

  21. Why can’t black people just be be racist . black people kill white peoples all the time I think this is stupid and shouldn’t get any attention and it would go away

  22. I personally preferred the anthem standing crotch grab versus the sitting quietly version. This seems like Marshawn being Marshawn. As he has done for years.

  23. Squid sat for 3 games before anyone thought it merited interest. He had to tip off Jennifer Chan to take a picture of him sitting to post on Twitter before the mainstream media picked it up.

  24. I’m from Buffalo. Trust me, Lynch is not that bright for this to have any deep meaning. This is all about him and his need for attention. That’s why he won’t talk. He wouldn’t be able to answer any meaningful questions

  25. Why, Why Why! are some of you bringing up Leftist Media and Obama etc. This is a football site? Not everything is political and believe it or not most humans are a little more complex than being completely binary. Get over yourselves… your opinion is as useless or as important as mine. None of us know what was in Lynch’s train of thought. Kaep is a different story. He made his bed and the people have spoken. Right or wrong, you have the right, but must be ready to deal with the consequences.

  26. laxcoach, what about what transpired this weekend? Should I be black balled, as a white person and an American for marching against white supremacy?

    Should I lose my job? Should you? Should anyone?

    No, not in America. And if football players, black and white, don’t want to raise their children in a racist country, then they need to act.

    They are the perfect ones to do it. Black and white football players play together, as a team, while building lifelong friendships with each other.

  27. If you don’t want the possibility of a protest don’t have this pomp and circumstance before every game. Can’t push one set of propaganda and not expect someone else to bring up theirs, not in a free country anyways. I wish they would just get on with the game and save some money. I bet many of those saying everyone should stand tell me they want small government as well.

  28. Go ahead and sit, makes it easier to point iuut which of these overpaid babies are horrible human beings. Just another reason to not like the radiers.

  29. You all know that Lynch is not protesting anything. His sitting is just game preparation. He was just too slow in the locker room and had to finish stuff up. So all this to say that the reason is kinda laziness. The times he stands are the times he’s actually ready to play out of the locker room on time. Convenience. This may surprise many of you, but Beast Mode doesn’t exactly pay attention too much to what’s happening around him. Probably why he’s hard to tackle. He just doesn’t even notice the defenders. “I just stand so I don’t get fined.”

  30. I am so tired of this “out to get him” narrative on Kaepernick.

    Teams in this league have ZERO morals. They have signed rapists, murderers, wife beaters, child abusers, you name it.

    If Kaepernick were any good, some team would certainly have signed him by now.

    It’s not about kneeling for the anthem, it’s not about pig socks …. he just plain sucks. People need to just accept that and move on.

  31. Those who are brave enough to fight overseas certainly deserve respect. But my god I have never seen a country so obsessed with patriotic “symbolism”, who cares if they stand or not! How about we worry instead about the reason young men are being $ent overseas and real issues rather than something that in reality affects absolutely no one.

  32. The Patriots get rid of self induced major distractions. The reason doesn’t matter.

    Lawyer Malloy, Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, Randy Moss. All pro-bowl players, all gone when their heads swelled and their mouths opened.

  33. briang123 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm
    The one conservative in the Bay Area is going to be upset about this.
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    Bro, there are no Conservatives in America -there are only Republicans (just take a look at a Fox News comment section one day). There are very few Liberals too, there are only Democrats.

    Conservatives or Liberals have no problem with someone expressing their 1st or 2nd amendment rights. You, do you and I will do me.

    But Repubs and Democrats have a problem with EVERYONE that doesn’t do exactly what they like. Therein lies the problem today. A hyper-partisan, political environment (that the right blame on Obama and the left blame on Trump).

    Even the whole right/left thing is hilarious. Only a great fool is right or left on every issue. SMH

  34. Funny how people get so riled up about an NFL player taking a knee during the anthem. I never knew so many NFL fans are such upstanding patriots and citizens. Players like Kaepernick and Lynch should be deported so NFL fans don’t get their panties in a bunch.

  35. Only a matter of time before the rest of America gets tired of these so called athletes and turn their attention somewhere else. Everyone got tired of Obama’s BS and voted Trump in… NBA, NFL all the same, punks that should be paid much less for the crap performance they put on!

  36. @ tazman1996 says:

    Because of the narrative being pushed by the Leftist Media (including this outlet) we will be lucky if this country ever heals. We as Americans are blessed with Freedom of Speech. So I will use mine. I don’t care even slightly how marshawn Lynch feels. Play football. That is the only thing regular every day Joe’s care about, how well you play football.

    Just like Kaepernick’s inability to play well, so no one cares about his lot in life.
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    THANK YOU!!! I Needed a good laugh this morning and you’ve provided it. So Americans won’t heal because of a protest to bring light to police brutality? I gonna guess that you think what occurred in Charlottesville, Va. was just one big peace gathering…a coming together of cultures? People walk the streets with torches, Nazi flags, confederate flags while yelling racial and anti-semitic slurs. I know the big difference is the venue, but if people always waited for a convenient time, nothing would ever change because there’s never a convenient way.

  37. “Teams in this league have ZERO morals. They have signed rapists, murderers, wife beaters, child abusers, you name it.”

    And yet the guy who really gets the fans up in arms is the guy who took a knee during the National Anthem.

    Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

  38. @ usaforever1776 says:

    Only a matter of time before the rest of America gets tired of these so called athletes and turn their attention somewhere else. Everyone got tired of Obama’s BS and voted Trump in… NBA, NFL all the same, punks that should be paid much less for the crap performance they put on!
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    Exactly what is the “rest of Amerikka”? Maybe MLB should have left the Negro League alone! But now, America’s Past Time doesn’t have as many coveted white boys as it does Hispanic players. NBA is losing white American players to Europeans and Africans. NFL, well it’s already to late. Don’t worry, you still have NHL. Don’t be mad at the “punks” for getting paid what their white owners pay them. Do I think salaries are way too high? I sure do, but it’s supply/demand…

  39. @ thesteelhurtin says:

    This makes even less sense. Why some times stands and others not? Did you just not feel like standing up?
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    Perhaps it’s because just when one incident dies down, another came up? Just a theory!

  40. @ commentawaitingdeletion says:
    “Maybe it’s because Kaepernick’s anthem protest was accompanied by vocal criticism of the police and the American government”

    Why do you always leave out the pig socks, hate tweets, Castro loving, and not voting?
    Time after time you ignore that to thinking fans it’s Kaepernick’s ignorance and hypocrisy that ‘elevate’ him to the level of contempt we hold him in and make him such a polarizing figure. Serious issues call for serious dialogue among serious people. Kaepernick is an ignorant dilettante, he and his ilk are part of the problem not the solution. There’s more Huey Long than there is Martin Luther King to his shtick. You do your own argument more harm than good by ignoring that reality.
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    I agree with the protest. I disagreed with the socks and invoking Castro.

  41. @ rrhoe says:

    Here’s a solution: Any player that does not want to stand should stay in the locker room/tunnel until the anthem is over and come out afterwards, problem solved.
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    Good idea. However I would suggest the show of patriotism at sporting events only should be discontinued. I can’t recall hearing the anthem being played anywhere or anytime else other than at sporting events. And I’m still wondering…who stands up at home? And what about the TV stations that are showing commercials instead of the anthem. After all, it’s only televised on nationally broadcast games.

  42. @ curmudgeon13 says:

    I used to enjoy football. Now we are subjected to this crap……
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    So basically you’re saying all of the stuff going on in the country doesn’t bother you? Or you don’t want to be reminded of it while watching football?

  43. I’d love to see a poll of the number of people up in arms about about Kaepernick’s protest who also don’t give a damn that the POTUS is in bed with Russia, has white nationalists in his cabinet and is soft on those groups in yesterday’s events in Virginia. I have a pretty good idea of where the numbers would fall. So much for Patriotism and protecting the flag!

  44. smitty113 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    I wish they would just play football. This is old. To draw a comparison though Lynch is good, deserves a job and has one. Kapernick is terrible, doesn’t deserve a job and doesn’t have a job.
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    You’re absolutely right. And we should have never sat down at those lunch counters either, Jim Crow wasn’t THAT bad!

  45. It should be a job requirement that when you are on the field and visible by fans and cameras you stand for the National Anthem. If not, you are suspended or fired.
    No other employer would countenance such disrespectful behavior toward a country that made them rich and a huge majority of fans that demand it.

  46. For those that are saying that these guys have this right to protest during the national anthem; Why is the same amount of levity not given to school teachers that would like to share their personal beliefs? A teacher that were to do so with 20 – 80 students would be dismissed immediately. A football player that does this in front of millions of observers is being praised by the same people that would want to hang the teacher that shared their views in class. Separation of church and state within the public school system was for the protection of people of all faiths and/or no faith. We say that teacher’s should not influence their students and that is logical because a teacher has an amount of influence upon their students. Last checked, athletes have WAY more influence over their fans than teachers and yet many people are asking if not begging them to use their influence for one agenda or another. So we want teachers to be sterile in classrooms, but push for athletes that are more influential to represent their agendas in front of millions. The hypocrisy on this matter is frustrating because an agenda is being pushed to millions and there are people becoming upset at the people that cherish and honor of our national anthem and our flag. Yet in other settings the same people that celebrate the football player condemn the teacher, solder, police officer, or religious leader and are ultimately saying, “Don’t you dare take a stance for what you believe because it offends person X,Y, or Z.” If you support Kaep, and now Beast Mode, just consider the fact that there are people that do not support their values, and maybe disagree with them as well. They also may have data to suggest the opposite of what these guys are promoting. So support Kaep, but you have to be supportive of those that hold the opposite view as well. That is what liberty has essentially provided, and don’t forget that liberty is cherished, out of all of the world, most in the United States of America.

  47. I can’t take it anymore. I am going to stop reading about all the punks in the NFL like Kaepernick, Lynch, Elliott and so on and so forth. I’m really sick and tired of a lot of these morons who play in the NFL. The truth is, many of them are former gang members or they grew up without a family structure and they don’t have a clue about respect or dignity.
    I doubt if PFT will allow me to say this, but I’ll give it a shot anyway. To hell with all of the bad ones. It’s a shame because there are many decent guys playing in the NFL who are good role models for their kids as well as other kids who are fans of theirs. They don’t get the attention, though. It’s the morons who break the rules, or break laws, or cause trouble that get all the attention.
    I’ve expressed my feelings about Kaepernick and other guys who can’t follow the rules or laws. I believe in rules and laws and believe that everyone is obliged to follow them and if they don’t, they should be punished, no matter what line of work they are in.
    I do not believe that there is any place for one’s political viewpoint to be expressed on an NFL football field. Sadly, I see that many NFL fans don’t agree with that and often defend or make excuses for the guys doing this stuff. But they pick and choose who they will defend on that, of course. If an NFL player who is a right wing zealot tried to express his views on the field, the Kap defenders would be among the first to rip him apart.
    I’m in my mid 60’s now and I’ve seen a of changes which taken place in this country. I believe that most of those changes have made this country worse than it was before they were made. I am worried what the future holds for my grand kids. A society which allows its morals and values to be torn down is doomed, in my opinion. All you have to do is look at history to see proof of that.
    PFT will keep on writing about Kaepernick, Lynch, Elliott, and all the others who do bad things in the NFL. It’s what keeps people coming in here, I guess.
    I love this country with all my heart. When 9-11 happened, I saw Americans pull together to help those who were hurt or lost someone in that awful terrorist act. It is what Americans do when our backs are pushed against a wall — we stand together as Americans. But unfortunately, I knew it wouldn’t last. It never does. After we experience a tragedy like that, we go back to tearing each other apart and forget how important it is to stand together. This is what I dislike most about what Kaepernick has done. He has not helped race relations one bit in this country, on the contrary, he has made race relations worse. And that’s the point many of his defenders are missing.

  48. Simple point about anthem: You do not have to stand at home, only at a public outdoor event.

  49. Nyneal, Kaepernick didn’t make race relations worse, white supremacists did. Maybe if people stopped and listen, yesterday wouldn’t have happened.

    Maybe if people like Robert Kraft stood up to Trump last year, white supremacists wouldn’t have a president as their inspiration. Maybe if Kaepernick got some support from NFL owners, more players would have sided with Kaepernick instead of being afraid to. Supporting Kaepernick would have supported a dialogue to try and end racism.

    It is the quiet ones who cause us the most harm. Has been that way for centuries here in America. With your voices, there is no Iraq War, more affordable health care, affordable tuition, stricter Wall Street regs, veterans with better jobs, civil rights for all, no voter suppression, strict gun laws and on and on.

    Sure, let’s blame Kaepernick. Instead of yourselves for not using your voices.

  50. Go to any stadium,Arena or event and when the anthem is played people are sitting for one reason or another. During the anthem people are talking, kids are being kids, so many things happening…its not a big deal. It’s never been a big deal. No need to raise the blood pressure over things you have absolutely zero control or any influence.

  51. So lynch is doing it out of laziness which to me is more disrespectful than when you do it for a cause. Lets hear how this isnt the same as Kaep raider fan hypocrites.

  52. dignityrules says:
    August 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    Nyneal, Kaepernick didn’t make race relations worse, white supremacists did. Maybe if people stopped and listen, yesterday wouldn’t have happened.

    Maybe if people like Robert Kraft stood up to Trump last year, white supremacists wouldn’t have a president as their inspiration. Maybe if Kaepernick got some support from NFL owners, more players would have sided with Kaepernick instead of being afraid to. Supporting Kaepernick would have supported a dialogue to try and end racism.

    It is the quiet ones who cause us the most harm. Has been that way for centuries here in America. With your voices, there is no Iraq War, more affordable health care, affordable tuition, stricter Wall Street regs, veterans with better jobs, civil rights for all, no voter suppression, strict gun laws and on and on.

    Sure, let’s blame Kaepernick. Instead of yourselves for not using your voices.

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    Trump was elected because Americans are sick of the direction the country has been heading. I voted for Trump for that reason. It wasn’t about race, but you inferred that it’s the reason why he was elected. I fervently disagree with that. The liberals and many blacks have made his victory all about race. Don’t forget — many Republicans were just as shocked by his election as Democrats were. I love that fact that many in both parties got a clear message that Americans are sick of what has been happening in this country. It’s high time members of both parties were shocked into reality.
    I have spoken and heard from many people — mostly white, by the way — about what Kaepernick did. Even those who didn’t care one way or other agree that he chose the wrong time and wrong place to do what he did. That’s my biggest objection to what he did, but not my only one. The most important thing is the message that’s being sent to young people in this country, especially those of color. That message is clearly that all cops are bad and not to be trusted. That’s a very dangerous message to send to young people, in my opinion. I drive a school bus for all grades, and I hear what the kids are saying and see what they do. I know I am right about that. We need to reinforce to young people the need to work together and to stand together, not give them demonstrations which inflame them.
    And I am also right about Kaepernick’s actions inflaming antagonism between the races, too. I’ve seen and heard that, too. He had no interest what so ever in starting a dialogue between whites and blacks. He took one of the worst avenues he could have taken to bring attention to what he wants everyone to believe. You don’t start a dialogue by showing disrespect for our National Anthem and our flag. That’s ridiculous and I am sure you realize that, too. What Kaepernick did was akin to a white guy showing up at a black church and make a spectacle of himself because a black guy killed a cop somewhere in the country. That would be just as asinine as what Kaepernick did.
    And you say white supremacists have a president as their inspiration. I would argue that blacks had exactly the same kind of inspiration when Barrack O’Bama was elected. But that was okay, right? It was okay that he got somewhere around 90% of the black vote because he was black, right? Blacks made no bones about the main reason they voted for O’Bama, from Oprah Winfrey to anyone else you want to name. It was because he was black, and they wanted a black president. I ask you — how is one thing not okay and the other thing is? And the thing of it is, I had no problem with it, either. O’Bama was elected by the American people and I stood behind him as I always stand by every elected official — and I gave him the same chance I give every elected official and see how they do. I was hoping O’Bama would be a great president because I want America to be a great country, just like I want Trump to be a great president. What’s so difficult about that to understand? I can’t imagine anyone viewing it any differently. I don’t care if our president is white, black, yellow, red, or any other color. I don’t care if our president is a woman, either. And I don’t care if our president is gay, either. As long as our president has what is best for our country and the American people at heart, all the other stuff is meaningless — as long as he or she puts the other stuff on the back burner.
    And I saw no protests or “he’s not my President!” from the right when O’Bama was elected, either. We can’t say the same thing from the left about Trump, can we? They talk about being the “inclusive party”, except if you’re a conservative, of course!
    I am going to judge Donald Trump on what he does as President. If he doesn’t do a good job, I’ll be hoping in 4 years someone else will step up who will. It’s a simple as that, to me. But this much I know. No president can do a good job if he (or she) has groups of people sabotaging his (or her) every move. And so far, that’s what I have seen from the liberals toward Trump. It’s whiny, arrogant, sniveling at it’s best. But it’s what they do best, and it’s destroying this country. And that’s why millions of Americans like me voted for Trump.

  53. I could care less what Lynch or Kaepernick do…in fact I could care less and less about the NFL as a whole
    Inept Organization,Greedy Owners, Diva Players and Slanted Media….everybody has an agenda and it seems less and less that it’s about Football

  54. It’s obvious that most of the people that oppose Kaepernick or Marshawn Lynch, don’t do it out of any kind of respect for the military. Most of these people voted for a draft dodger for president. Our country literally had to go to war with itself in order to put an end to slavery. That wasn’t too long ago, and people’s thinking hasn’t changed. It is what it is, so I can’t blame a black man who isn’t willing to go along with all this garbage. But it has absolutely nothing to do with respect for the military. In fact, it’s totally disrespectful to the military to pretend you’re doing something out of respect to them, when you’re really just using them to hide your racism. You voted for a draft dodger. These cowards that are too afraid to tell the truth about their racist views, are the complete opposite of the brave souls who go overseas and risk their lives for America. Go grab a KKK robe and hide your face, but don’t hide behind our military. Just don’t go there. Have a little respect.

  55. A lot of cry babies out here. Must be winter because there sure are a lot of snowflakes. No one likes kaep because he is racist. No one likes marshawn because he is obnoxious. Bye.

  56. I’m over this whole thing if you want to stand then stand. If you want to do whatever else you feel like do it. Its not a big deal football is played at the end. Marshawn doesn’t care about anything so why is this a big deal? Media is just looking for any story now. It gets clicks that’s all they care about. I stand because I think of some of the good things in the country. I don’t hold it against anyone sitting everyone has their different reasons. That’s why it’s called land of the free. Its not going to bother me what people do. Anyone that is a offended needs to mind their own business and worry about themselves.

  57. This shows you that people’s feelings about Kaepernick go beyond his protesting.
    It’s hardly about the protesting at all. It’s about cops as pigs, cops as slave patrol, America not being great, wearing his Castro shirt, his girlfriend thinking the Ravens owner is a slave owner, etc. etc.

    Lynch will keep his job, Malcolm Jenkins still has his, the list of protesting players last year that have a job still is everyone except Kaepernick.

    Why? They protested, told you why they protested. The End. Kaepernick protested, told you why, then did all mentioned above and more to alienate people.

  58. Hey protesters: Protest on your own time, not on my time and the owner’s nickel. Also, you have a captive audience, which is unfair to the viewers who came to watch football and escape these troubles for a few hours. Go March and protest and burn the flag on your free time, not on mine. I don’t care what you are protesting about, but you are being paid to play football and you represent the owner (especially the QB). So cut it out.

  59. Silly news. Who cares if Lynch was tossing skittles during the anthem.
    Malign the guy, a person who by all accounts, is a nice guy to have around. He is guarded because his public speaking skills are not honed…so what, he is a football player.

  60. All of the comments listed are their own personal opinions & right to have one. We don’t have to agree we just need to understand how “what we do” and “what we say” can have an impact on what & who we choose to support.
    That being the intro….here’s my opinion
    #1:All Lives matter and none should be persecuted for the color of their skin or beliefs in which they support. We the American people should all support the greater good for this country
    #2:Sitting for the anthem was choice made to make a statement. Regardless of why these players sat for the anthem, the majority of the United States people were raised with the belief our country is the proudest place to call home. The raising of the flag and the song of the anthem is our way as people uniting for this event. The country is not the problem for the two individuals in question. Their problems are with a select group of people in the country. If your going to publicly disrespect millions of Americans (On purpose) (on national TV) by saying “Your Country Doesn’t Matter” then you should expect some negative feedback.
    #3: Lynch or Kaepernick having a job after this “stand” or should we say seat lol….??? Well…. now it comes down to business. When you are getting paid to do a job it is also with the intent to follow your employers rules and regulations. The NFL is the one who holds the stick here. The NFL decides what the players attend and when, what they wear, what rules they play by. So….do I hire Lynch?…maybe, but not if he only plays by his rules and not by the organizations. Do I hire Kaepernick?…No because he gets paid to lead a team and not just to play on one. You can’t be a successful leader of a team if the majority of your team/organization don’t support you as a leader. Just business, not politics, easy decision.

  61. Cant believe how much effort some are putting into these comments. Lynch is a puke. It will be interesting to see how long he lasts this season. Hopefully for Raiders fans, hell be back in time for the playoffs…lol

  62. Everyone talking about kap praising a communist dictator. Lol. Your boy praises every dictator so what are you hypocrites talking about?

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