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Marshawn Lynch takes a seat during National Anthem

14 August 2017

Raiders Marshawn Lynch appeared to stage a silent protest before Oakland's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, taking a seat during the playing of the national anthem.

Like Lynch, who didn't speak publicly about his move after Saturday's game, the outspoken Bennett has been a vocal supporter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faced criticism for kneeling during pregame renditions of the national anthem last season to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

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Photos showed Lynch sitting on an orange cooler, holding a banana. On Saturday, one person was killed and 19 were injured when a vehicle smashed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, CBS News reported. The only one who referenced the issue was Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who spoke to reporters after the game. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said.

When Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand for the national anthem a year ago, people were quick to call him "unpatriotic". I think that's one of those things that nobody wants to talk about, and for him to bring race and politics in sports, I think it struck a lot of people the wrong way.

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Lynch was not in the National Football League during Kaepernick's kneeling protest but had previously praised the quarterback for taking a stance on an important issue.

The Raiders return for another pre-season game Saturday, Aug. 19 at home against the L.A. Rams for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered", Lynch told O'Brien. "And if you're really not racist then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have".

Marshawn Lynch takes a seat during National Anthem