Critics, fans react to Marshawn Lynch sitting out anthem at Raiders game

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Lynch sat out during a contentious 2016 NFL season, which saw a number of players taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Lynch didn't play in the Saturday game, when the Raiders lost 20-10 to the Cardinals.

It is noteworthy however, that Del Rio used words like 'you, ' and 'we.' Clearly drawing a line and a division between Lynch and the rest of the squad when it comes to the issue of protest. Instead of standing for the national anthem, he sat on a cooler while holding a banana. He said, "This is something I've done for 11 years, it's not a form of anything other than me being myself".

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Last year, during a televised interview on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show, Lynch lent his support to fellow sportsman Colin Kaepernick who knelt while the USA national anthem was played to protest police brutality and institutional racism in general.

In previous exchanges with the media prior to or after games, Lynch responded to any and all questions by media reports with a simple "Yeah". But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing.

Despite Lynch's claims, photographs quickly made the rounds on social media showing Lynch standing for the anthem during his time with the Seahawks. Kaepernick, who has not signed with any teams since his contract ended last season with the 49ers, has said he would stand during the National Anthem in 2017, but as of now, is not on any team's roster. Kaepernick did not stand for the anthem last season as a protest at racial injustice in the United States, and several other players followed his example. "So my take on it is [expletive] it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point I just hope people open up their eyes to see that it's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop".

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