Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Marshawn Lynch speaks, won't elaborate on decision to sit for anthem

Marshawn Lynch speaks, won't elaborate on decision to sit for anthem

Lynch told Del Rio he has sat during the anthem his entire career, but it made headlines this year because of the country's current racial strife. And the best part about it is that he's never once apologized for it.

Oakland Raiders star Marshawn Lynch was asked point-blank by the media about his national anthem protest - but by the way he bobbed, weaved and clowned the questions, you'd think he was Floyd Mayweather. So maybe it's time for everyone to just move on.

Later, a third reporter asked Lynch if he has a preference on whether Raiders fans wearing his jersey at this Saturday's exhibition game decide to sit or stand during the anthem. "Didn't they say elephants was scared of mouses, or something? That mother (expletive) left". He did not answer that question directly, either.

"When we run "74" or something like that where I've got to scan and read both sides, that'd be pretty hard", Lynch said.

Bottom line - he's just here so he won't get fined. "It'll probably be that now that I'm here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we've got going on".

"To be honest, I would say just getting my mentality back", Lynch said. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem.

The response was about as reasonable, fair and decent as humanly possible, and reveals a lot about the respect that Del Rio has for his players - many of whom have had drastically different life experiences from his own.

"I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community", Lynch said. Then, he stood tall, turned left and stepped away, the press conference's conclusion as impromptu as its start.

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