Marshawn Lynch Protests The National Anthem During White Terrorist Rally
You thought Colin Kaepernick was a problem. Wait until you get a load of “Beast Mode,” Marshawn Lynch!
Aug. 12 will be a day that will forever live in infamy, as white terrorists (Nazis, KKK members, alt-right followers) ran amuck, running people over with cars and beating people with weapons, during a “rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia. At that same time, Oakland Raiders’ running back, Marshawn Lynch decided to sit and protest the National Anthem.
Following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick’s silent protests a year ago, Lynch sat on a Gatorade cooler during the singing of the anthem, prior to Saturday night’s preseason game between the Raiders and the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Lynch, returning from a one-year retirement from the Seattle Seahawks, was the only player to sit, as his teammates, his coach and 61,183 in attendance, all stood.
Lynch left by the venue by the time reporters were allowed into the visiting locker room, obviously not focused on Arizona’s 20-10 win over the Raiders. Head coach Jack Del Rio said he wasn’t aware that Lynch had planned to sit during the anthem and that the two of them discussed the incident after the game. “I talked to Marshawn to make sure we’re on the same page and he said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said.
“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, and we’ll do ours. It’s a non-issue for me.” Lynch has always been an outspoken social advocate. Last year, while sitting with Conan O’Brien, Marshawn discussed Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee when the QB was still with the San Francisco 49ers. “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered,” Lynch said.
Thoughts from the team believe that Lynch also sat due to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville. One person was killed and 19 others were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally.