It looks like Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch is picking up where Colin Kaepernick left off. In an attempt to make a statement about Charlottesville, he took a seat during the National Anthem. The game was Saturday night in Arizona. While everyone else was standing in support of the United States, Lynch chilled out and sat on a cooler while eating a banana.
It has not been made clear whether or not Lynch was trying to use racial imagery by a banana. Maybe he could have erased any doubt by going with also having watermelon and a bucket of fried chicken.
The Raiders running back remained seated on a cooler while eating a banana as his teammates and coaches stood during the national anthem prior to the team’s Saturday night preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Lynch’s decision came in the wake of a violent white nationalist rally [with violence initiated by leftists while white nationalists were lawfully demonstrating] in Charlottesville, Va. earlier in the day where three people, including two police officers, were killed.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters after the game he was surprised by Lynch’s decision, and had a conversation with the veteran running back who had left the locker room before reporters were able to speak with him.
“He said, ‘This is something I have done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I respect you as a man and you can do your thing.”
If you’ve followed the career path of Marshawn Lynch at all, then you know he is no stranger to controversial gestures. For one, he used to grab his crotch while going into the endzone.
Several people with ties to Black Lives Matter have rushed to Lynch’s defense on Twitter.
Shout out to Marshawn Lynch.. Every single Black athlete should be sitting during the national anthem based on the nazism on display today https://t.co/WFpWikAXMc
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) August 13, 2017
Guess what America? Marshawn Lynch doesn't give a f*ck what you think! pic.twitter.com/Zc53Mw5x14
— Derenic Byrd (@DerenicByrd) August 13, 2017
Does Marshawn Lynch sense at the end of his career is near and is trying to stay as relevant as possible? Does he realize how many jerseys Kaepernick sold after kneeling and is trying to replicate it?