Marshawn Lynch follows Kaepernick's lead and sits out national anthem

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

"[Lynch] said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

Last year, during a televised interview on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show, Lynch lent his support to fellow sportsman Colin Kaepernick who knelt while the US national anthem was played to protest police brutality and institutional racism in general.

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

The star running back didn't play a single down on Saturday and the Raiders lost to the Cardinals 20-10, but Lynch easily generated the most attention to the exhibition game.

Along those same lines, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio also didn't take issues with Lynch's actions, which is being seen as an overall approval by the Raiders as an organization.

As The Washington Post's Des Bieler wrote, many believe Kaepernick's protests are the reason the quarterback, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, remains unsigned.

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".

A video posted by profootballtalk.com. shows Lynch standing during the anthem when he played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So you understand how I feel. Lynch (No. 24) can be seen standing on the sidelines during the anthem (about 3:40 of video).

Lynch was not in the National Football League during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season but has previously expressed his opinion on Kaepernick's action. "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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