Images contradict Jack Del Rio’s claim on Marshawn Lynch Christian Petersen/Getty Images
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 12: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Marshawn Lynch stirred up the NFL on Saturday evening before the Oakland Raiders preseason contest, opting to sit for the national anthem than stand.

When asked about the decision, here’s what head coach Jack Del Rio said:

“Talked to Marshawn. Wanted to make sure we’re on the same page. He said ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’ I said, ‘Just 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, OK?’ So that’s a non-issue for me.”

The problem with that? He hasn’t done it, at least consistently over the last 11 years:

Last season, during Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem, here’s what Lynch said, as transcribed by CBS Sports:

“I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered,” he said at the time. “So, I mean, my take on it is, [expletive]’s got to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes to see that there’s really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop. And I mean, if you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he’s done, what he’s doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”


As Kaepernick still struggles to find work, let’s see if Lynch continues with his decision.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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