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The 31-year-old chose to sit for the National Anthem on Saturday night during Oakland's exhibition contest against Arizona.

Sitting on an orange cooler and nibbling on a half-eaten banana Saturday night, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch became the latest pro athlete to protest racism and police brutality during the national anthem.

Lynch has spoken to the media just once since coming out retirement and joining the Raiders after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring. He said, "This is something I've done for 11 years, it's not a form of anything other than me being myself". "You do your thing and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said, according to ESPN.

Kaepernick did not stand for the anthem last season as a protest at racial injustice in the USA, and several other players followed his example.

In his first game back since he retired following the 2015 season, Lynch was dressed in uniform but did not play.

"I talked to Marshawn to make sure we were on the same page".

Last September, the man of few words (at least not those on command) so eloquently stated that he'd rather see Kaepernick "take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered." . Lynch voiced support for Kaepernick while speaking to talk-show host Conan O'Brien previous year, and Saturday's sit-down came right after racially-motivated protests and violence recently took place in Charlottesville, Va.

While that may not have been Del Rio's intent, that's a far cry from some of the more supportive rhetoric the 49ers gave Colin Kaepernick when he began his protest. Kaepernick has not signed with a team for the 2017 season amid accusations league owners - denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell - are blackballing him. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".