Oakland Raiders have their own Kaepernick: Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch enjoying a banana during the National Anthem/AP Photo

Another NFL season I won’t be watching.

From Fox News: Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem over the weekend, ahead of a Saturday preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, the AP reports.

The NFL player was photographed on top of an orange cooler with a banana in Glendale, Ariz. 

Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat and kneeled during the national anthem and protested police brutality.

Lynch previously backed Kaepernick, telling comedian Conan O’Brien in September 2016, “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered.”

“If you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he done, what he’s doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have,” Lynch said at the time.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says he didn’t know about Lynch’s plans ahead of the game, according to NFL.com.

“On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we’re on the same page,” the coach said. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. 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. But I’m going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. We’ll do ours.’ It’s a non-issue for me.”


21 responses to “Oakland Raiders have their own Kaepernick: Marshawn Lynch

  1. I have no problem with this; just withhold his $1,000,000 per game salary.
    I think he might change his mind…

    People need to learn that actions have consequences; that in society, we’re expected to perform according to the dictates of our employers, even when those dictates go against what we “believe” or “feel” is in our own best self interests. That’s why they PAY us. If we cannot bring ourselves to agree and perform, we are free to LEAVE and NOT get paid. You should NOT be able to refuse the performance AND get paid, but that’s happening in pro sports. It’s being written into contracts: leave a team and still receive full salary…

    It’s similar to behaving properly in society. We can agree to obey the law, even when we disagree with the law. Or we can go against it and suffer the consequences. But we can’t have it both ways, the way some currently think they can demand and get away with (e.g., the street rioters, BLM).

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  2. He might find more sympathy on Oakland.

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  3. Maybe Howard Cosell wasn’t that far off the mark. Remember when he got into trouble for saying look at that monkey run? Now we have this African-American football player sitting eating a banana. Coincidence, or not? Sorry, I know that sounds racist, but really I am not, it just seemed too easy of a cheap shot and I had to take it. And no, I won’t be watching NFL this year either, until the league comes out with a statement saying that the Nation’s anthem will be respected by everyone affiliated with the organization and receiving money from them. The flag is not the nation, but it is a symbol of it, and I have many friends who fought for this nation, and a son who is currently on a Naval ship in the Persian Gulf, supporting our nation. So this is personal to me.


  4. He’s paid to play ball, not do this.

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  5. Kevin J Lankford

    Can’t expect much intellect from people who think dyeing mop heads black and weaving them into their hair is ‘style’.

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  6. Hey, he better change his name [Lynch] cause is racist, just like Loretta. Uh,uh,uh, he eatin’ a banana uh,uh,uh!

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  7. Until NFL grows some engines and wheels,they hold 0% of my attention. If someone wants to make huge money for doing something,it shouldn’t be a sport most KIDS play just for FUN. (Very few youths get to drive 200 mph,just for FUN.)

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  8. Yes, indeed, America is so racist that Marshawn Lynch has a 2 year, $9,000,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including $2,350,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $4,500,000. /sarc


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  9. )…oops!


  10. This is it for me, fuck football and my stupid fantasy league. I’m done. 💩🍌

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  11. Who cares what he thinks? He’s fired! Oh, I get it. Instead of chasing balls like a dog, he’s a “philosopher” now? Or at least a “political commentator”. Michael Brown’s his hero.

    Just look around. All these idiots reacting like trained monkeys. They’re screaming that people aren’t “outraged” enough by this over-hyped hoax in Virginia. Here’s an idea, maybe if they quit re-writing history to suit 13% of the population they wouldn’t have these problems. Just saying’.

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  12. What did the flag ever do to him? He got an education, a massive over paid football contract and the ability to play in the best country in the world.
    His disrespect is misplaced. Fire him and others like him, we don’t need any kind of examples like him.
    We are so done with the NFL in our family for letting his continue.

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    • Glenn47 . . . I certainly agree with what you have written . . . “His disrespect is misplaced.” I do hope that enough people will let the NFL know that they are sick and tired of having this insanity and disrespect go on and on and on.

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  13. Saints and lamia

    We all know this is wrong on many levels. I just don’t want to get sucked into the buzz over 2 bone head athletes who are using the platform they have to do something other than play a game. There are so many other things that require people’s attention and outrage than these clowns. They should be dismissed from our thoughts.


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