Marshawn Lynch stood for the anthem in Seattle, contrary to Jack Del Rio’s claim

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has not explained publicly why he sat out the national anthem before Saturday night’s game. But he did explain himself privately to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio — who then gave a misleading account of Lynch’s past actions to reporters.

“He said, ‘This is something I have done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said Lynch told him.

PFT tracked down a video of the national anthem before the November 13, 2011 Ravens-Seahawks game in Seattle, and that video clearly shows Lynch standing for the anthem. We have not been able to find any photos or videos showing Lynch sitting out the anthem at any time in the 11 years since he entered the NFL, until Saturday night.

It’s possible that Lynch has skipped the anthem in some settings, but Del Rio’s statement made it sound like Lynch has consistently sat out the anthem throughout his career. He hasn’t.

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. But when Lynch was asked about it, he gave absolutely no indication that he had ever sat out an anthem himself — even as he said he supported Kaepernick.

“With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered, so I mean, my take on it is, [expletive] we’ve got to start somewhere, and if that was the start, I just hope people open up their eyes to see that there’s really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop. If you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America.” Lynch said in September of 2016.

Lynch’s comments specifically referred to Kaepernick’s protest as “the start” of something — an odd phrasing, if Lynch himself had been doing the same thing for a decade.

Without hearing from Lynch, it’s impossible to say for sure what he intended to say by sitting out the anthem, or what he meant when he explained himself to his coach afterward. But what Del Rio said was misleading at best, and outright false at worst.

41 responses to “Marshawn Lynch stood for the anthem in Seattle, contrary to Jack Del Rio’s claim

  1. So sick of these guys trying to be noteworthy without any real substance. You don’t have to put your hand over your heart and sing the song, but stand up and show some respect to the people who fought for your freedom. Your credibility and character are garbage.

  2. If Kaepernick’s only problem was not standing for the anthem he would have been signed by now. He’s a read option qb who usually goes to his first read and stares down receivers. This has resulted in him throwing picks constantly over the last couple of years. Unless he fixes those things he’s never going to get signed.

  3. “Can’t blame Del Rio if he was just reporting what Lynch had told him was the case”

    If you’re one of the SJW’s who write here you kind of have to.

  4. “patsfan1820 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 8:44 am

    If Kaepernick’s only problem was not standing for the anthem he would have been signed by now. He’s a read option qb who usually goes to his first read and stares down receivers. This has resulted in him throwing picks constantly over the last couple of years. Unless he fixes those things he’s never going to get signed”

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    Constantly throwing picks huh? You mean his 22 TDs to 9 INTs the last two years?

    Just admit you don’t like the guy, no need to lie.

  5. So you found one photo from 2011 that shows him standing, and now assume he has ALWAYS stood since then? That is hardly proof that Del Rio lied. Why can’t you find photos or videos from him over the last 3 or 4 years before you call Del Rio a liar??

  6. And people wonder why things like Charlottesville happen. Things like this is all part of it. It’s just getting worse and spreading. Stand up you loser show some respect for the people who defend this country. Don’t sit to defend your hood rats. Theirs plenty of other countries theses people can move to if it’s so bad here.

  7. If you haven’t found any photos of him sitting then you haven’t looked hard enough. They were all over twitter last night.

  8. Gotta love the multi-millionaire black professional athletes screaming about how rascist the nation is. Last I checked the rascist nation had elected a black President in consecutive terms, and there are more opportunities now for blacks to succeed than ever before. Yet again though, no mention of the more-common-than-not broken family structure within the black community, and the pervasive culture of black-on-black violence which is out of control. How about protesting that Marshawn? These guys are clowns.

  9. I’m sick of these over-payed, spoiled athletes trying to make a statement. The NFL has NO balls. Everyone of them should be cut and have to find a real job. And NO welfare either.

    The people of America would designate one Sunday and not show up to games, not watch any games and not buy any merchandise. Then sit back and enjoy watching the owners tell the players stand up and shut up!

  10. “This has resulted in him throwing picks constantly over the last couple of years. ”

    He had 12 TDs and 4 INTs last season. In 2015 he only played in 9 games and had 6 TDs and 5 INTs.

    That’s not exactly “constantly throwing picks”

  11. One thing is likely certain, the Raiders brass has a PR headache and distraction this morning that they didn’t anticipate.

  12. 1. The narrative that cops target blacks is lie. About 26% of police shootings involve black people. While it is true that blacks make up only 13% of the population, they account for over 28% of all violent crime including between 47%-52% of all murders so you would expect more black people to be shot by law enforcement. Just google FBI table 43.

    2. BLM and rioting are destroying black communities. Do you really think after witnessing Ferguson and Baltimore that large corporations are going to invest in black majority communities? The business risk and insurance costs would be to high, civil disorder is NOT covered under a standard policy.

    These are just the facts.

  13. Just another punk still bitter because hightower brought him down a hal yd short with a shoe string tackle. Beast mode !! Lmao

  14. ootballfan58 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 8:30 am

    So sick of these guys trying to be noteworthy without any real substance. You don’t have to put your hand over your heart and sing the song, but stand up and show some respect to the people who fought for your freedom. Your credibility and character are garbage.

    You should worry more about your own credibility. From 1861 to 1865 half the country fought to keep people like Lynch in chains. Eleven states seceded from the Union to form another country. Those who did fight for for Marshawn’s freedom are likely looking at this country and turning over in their graves. Virginia yesterday is a perfect example of what Lynch is upset about.
    What have you done sir to stand up to bigotry and racism in this country?

  15. juice08 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 8:59 am
    Don’t you commenters have a meeting in Charlottesville to be at?

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    If AntiFa has their way, more women will be pepper sprayed and more innocent people will be fire bombed and assaulted.

  16. With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered
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    Here’s another way to not get murdered. Learn how to follow police commands and don’t do anything stupid. I’m so sick of these guys acting like these dead black people are innocent victims when in almost every case they refused to follow orders. White people don’t have as much problem because they listen to and respect the police. Watch one episode of live PD and you’ll see that’s not the case with black people.

  17. His contract is 7.5 million of incentives 2 million guaranteed he won’t make the opening day roster , he’s a doucbag that no longer deserves the privilege to play in the NFL he’s a clown and DelReo should tell him to get !

  18. Majority of the top skilled players in the NFL are black. The notion that if the NFL was racist he wouldn’t have a job makes very little sense. There were racist slave owners that had no problem using black slaves to make them money. I’m sure there are owners that can put their racism aside to ensure their pockets are taken care of. The clippers owner would have been a good example of that.
    Being in the military for the last 8 years I personally don’t get offended when I see a player sitting down. So do me and the others who serve a favor and give us the ability to speak for ourselves. Writing blanket statements that he is disrespecting those who fight for our freedoms isn’t speaking quite accurate.I would say from the people I talk to that I serve along side. Many people are indifferent about it.
    I just wish that people would stop blowing off the idea that racism exists. Racism is alive and well. Please stopping being so blind to it. We all have the right to protest. Whether they protest during the games or after I bet you the media would be all over it. If kaepernick protested outside of work I bet the media and the league would talking about during the game at some point so it would have gotten similar spotlight.
    Let’s not act like these players really have personal lives. That whole reason sites like these even keep people coming back is from putting out as much information on these players as possible. The more controversies the more clicks. Turn on the news to see a clear example. Thousands of great things happen every day but the news is flooded with negativity.
    Whether Lynch is sitting or standing the real question is why does it bother you so much? Ask yourself why is it that someone who has very little significance in your life can get you so upset?

  19. With all the hurt feelings over a man sitting during the anthem maybe we should just do away with playing it at sporting events. It never originally was played at sporting events and in any case it always struck me as strange that it is played at sporting events. I go to games to watch the games. We don’t play the national anthem when we go see movies, plays, concerts, or just about any other form of entertainment.

  20. chiefsfolife says:
    August 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
    Gotta love the multi-millionaire black professional athletes screaming about how rascist the nation is. Last I checked the rascist nation had elected a black President in consecutive terms, and there are more opportunities now for blacks to succeed than ever before. Yet again though, no mention of the more-common-than-not broken family structure within the black community, and the pervasive culture of black-on-black violence which is out of control. How about protesting that Marshawn? These guys are clowns.
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    Broken family structure in the black community… Hmm, that’s about as racist a statement as you can make. Broken family structures is an wholly owned in the black community. Hate to break it to ya.

    Black on black violence… Love this false talking point as if you aren’t much more likely to be killed by someone you know.It’s just violence, no such thing as black on black.

    I think the only clown shown here is you. Take your ignorant biases and views elsewhere and let the Americans who wish to progress as a nation together in peace.

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