Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday Aug. 12 2017 in Glendale Ariz

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday Aug. 12 2017 in Glendale Ariz

"We'll do ours.' It's a non-issue for me".

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 a year ago.

The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 20-10 Saturday night.

According to NFL Network's Michael Robinson, Lynch has routinely sat down during the National Anthem.

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Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent. "You do your thing OK?' So that's a non-issue for me".

In previous exchanges with the media prior to or after games, Lynch responded to any and all questions by media reports with a simple "Yeah".

Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowler, is known for shunning the media and did not elaborate on his decision to sit out the anthem. I said, "So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the National Anthem, but I'm gonna respect you as a man".

However, Oakland Raiders team coach, Jack del Rio, told reporters that after the game Lynch told him "This is something I've done for 11 years". On a dark day in this country's history, when a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville turned deadly, the decision to not stand for the anthem is understandable, no matter what lens you view it through. Lynch (No. 24) can be seen standing on the sidelines during the anthem (about 3:40 of video). Lynch, returning from a one-year retirement from the Seattle Seahawks, was the only player to sit, as his teammates, his coach and 61,183 in attendance, all stood. He added that he hopes "people open up their eyes and see that there's really a big problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop". "If you really not racist, then you won't see what (Kaepernick is) doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have".

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