Marshawn Lynch Tells Del Rio He's Always Sat During National Anthem

And on Saturday, as the world watched Charlottesville, Va., descend into racist madness, Lynch sat on a cooler while the National Anthem played during the Oakland Raider's opening preseason game against Arizona. "But I respect you as a man and you can do your thing".

Del Rio said he spoke with his new running back about his protest, and Lynch told him, "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

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".

Taking an apparent cue from Colin Kaepernick's oft-criticized protests from the 2016 season, Lynch ate a banana and did not stand in alignment with his teammates.

According to USA Today, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he was unaware Lynch would sit for the anthem, but said that his actions were a "non issue".

"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", the coach stated. Kaepernick has not signed with a team for the 2017 season amid accusations league owners - denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell - are blackballing 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.

Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn't know Lynch hadn't stood for the anthem.

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.

"My take on it is, (stuff), it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes and see that it's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop. You do your thing and we'll do ours", Del Rio said he told, Lynch.