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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem before NFL preseason game


Although it was his first game in an Oakland Raiders uniform on Saturday night, Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a down in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

However, he made the most powerful statement of the night by sitting during the national anthem.

The ex-Seattle Seahawk had previously voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest minorities being mistreated by police. Lynch's protest came on the heels of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier that day.

Meanwhile, Oakland Raider Head Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke with Lynch about it after the game but did not know it was planned.

Del Rio said that he told Lynch "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,"

"So that's a non-issue for me." he said.

The final score of the game: Cardinals 20, Raiders 10.

The Associate Press Contributed to this report.

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