Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem, copies Colin Kaepernick's protest

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday Aug. 12 2017 in Glendale Ariz

NFL star running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler Saturday night during the national anthem, as his Oakland Raiders waited to play the Arizona Cardinals in a Phoenix preaseason game.

"Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he's part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing", Manuel said. Coaches, general managers, owners and fans shouldn't care if someone stands, kneels or sits during the national anthem.

Frankly, I think he's a genius who's laughing at all of us; for me that was confirmed when he was one of very few high profile National Football League players who came out in support of Colin Kaepernick's principled stand for Black lives previous year.

Lynch didn't speak publicly about the gesture after the game, which was his first since returning from retirement.

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.

"(Lynch) said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years, it's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So, you understand how I feel.

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Rodger Sherman of The Ringer shared a collection of angry tweets directed at Lynch for sitting during the national anthem before the Seahawks' playoff game against the Panthers in January 2016.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he was unaware of Lynch's intention to sit but said he spoke with Lynch after the game.

Lynch hasn't spoken with media in Napa during training camp yet, and given that he hasn't stood for the anthem in over a decade it's unlikely he will do so for this matter.

Lynch's motivations for sitting during the anthem are unclear, but it's possible he was doing so in protest and in an homage to Kaepernick.

"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".

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