Why Lynch chose to sit hasn't yet been revealed, but it comes almost one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season.
Marshawn Lynch, the former Seahawks running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders' exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. Kaepernick did the same thing prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last August that sparked the whole discussion about the silent protesting for injustices in the United States.
Marshawn Lynch didn't play Saturday night, but he did make a statement in his return to an National Football League game field.
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At the time, Elliott was a new member of the Cowboys, having been drafted fourth overall following a stellar career at Ohio State. Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported that Elliott "is willing to take this whole suspension appeal through courts if he has to".
As the anthem played, Lynch was photographed by USA Today sitting on an orange cooler while teammates, coaches and support staff stood at attention. The man could run for mayor of Oakland and win in a landslide.
As seen in previous instances, Lynch isn't much a talker in front of the camera, so it will be interesting to see what the fallout is.
Sankey, a second-round draft pick by Tennessee in 2014, joined Minnesota's practice squad late last season.