Lynch sat during the national anthem, echoing the actions of Colin Kaepernick, who began a national conversation when he sat during the anthem during the preseason a year ago.
Lynch said on an appearance on "Conan" in 2016 that he was supportive of protests led by then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to sit during the National Anthem to bring light perceived injustices in the United States.
Along those same lines, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio also didn't take issues with Lynch's actions, which is being seen as an overall approval by the Raiders as an organization.
"Talked to Marshawn. Wanted to make sure we're on the same page".
In response, del Rio said he strongly believes in "standing for the national anthem".
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Photos show Lynch, who suited up but did not play, sitting on a cooler while holding a banana during the anthem. "You do your thing OK?' So that's a non-issue for me".
According to NFL Network's Michael Robinson, Lynch has routinely sat down during the National Anthem.
Marshawn Lynch didn't play during the Oakland Raiders preseason opener Saturday, but he attracted national attention. The move looked like a silent protest in line with that of Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season, although it's unclear whether it had anything to do with the events unfolding in Charlottesville on Saturday.
"It's never come to a point where I've had to address it; it's always been understood", Del Rio said to the Mercury News.