The Raiders resumed training camp on Tuesday and after practice Marshawn Lynch elected not to talk to reporters about his decision to sit during the national anthem of Saturday’s preseason game.
After the game on Saturday, Lynch had already left the locker room before reporters were able to ask questions. It is the opposite approach Michael Bennett of the Seahawks has taken. Bennett, who also sat during the anthem of a preseason game, spoke at length after Seattle’s preseason game over the weekend.
Lynch’s decision to sit has steered those questions to other players like tight end Jared Cook.
Jared Cook said of Marshawn sitting for National Anthem "I'm proud of him." Said he thinks it's "Awesome" #Raiders— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) August 15, 2017
After the game head coach Jack Del Rio said he didn’t expect it to be a distraction. While Lynch may have the support of teammates, his descion to not talk will cause others to field questions on his behalf.
Del Rio was asked after practice if he planned to talk to players about the anthem and figure out who wanted to sit.
“If there are any questions, I am always an open door,” Del Rio said. “I lean on our leadership counsel. I lean on our veterans. I think that this squad understands how I feel about it. I don’t think I need to go any further.”
But Del Rio’s opinion on standing for the anthem has seemed to change in the last year when he said the Raiders organization expects players to stand. On Saturday he gave Lynch the green light to sit.
While the Raiders would like for this to blow over, check the comments to any Raiders Facebook or Twitter post and you’ll find the threats of boycotting the team until Lynch stands or is cut.
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