Published On: Sun, Aug 13th, 2017

Marshawn Lynch Refuses To Sit For National Anthem– Will He Be Blackballed Like Colin Kaepernick?

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NFL player Marshawn Lynch attends The Ultimate Fan Experience, Call Of Duty XP 2016

Marshawn Lynch took a page out of Colin Kaepernick’s book when he sat down during the national anthem at a pre-season game between The Arizona Cardinals and The Oakland Raiders.

Kapernick’s choice to sit or kneel during the anthem was influenced by a spate of murders of black men by the police. But according to Raiders coach, Jack Del Rio, this is something that Marshawn Lynch has been doing for over 10 years.

“[Lynch] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said to The Guardian. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.”

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Marshawn Lynch Refuses To Sit For National Anthem– Will He Be Blackballed Like Colin Kaepernick?