Raiders' Marshawn Lynch talks, but doesn't clarify his anthem stance

Marshawn Lynch

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch talks, but doesn't clarify his anthem stance

First, a reporter tried to bring up the subject of protesting by mentioning the "elephant in the room", and well, let's just say that Lynch quickly ended that line of questioning.

"I think that elephant just left the room 'cause a little mouse just ran in here", Lynch said. "Didn't they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left, cousin".

Q: Marshawn, do you feel that Coach Del Rio really gives players the space to be themselves, while still being part of the team's mentality?

"Yeah, because on Doctor-24, it's a designed way that you're supposed to run it, but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it", Lynch said, to raised eyebrows. Lynch, an Oakland native, will play at the Coliseum for the first time since he joined the Raiders in April. Since that time, there have been photos located of Lynch standing for the anthem.

Later, Lynch was asked if it mattered to him whether fans wearing his jersey during his homecoming game Saturday night against the Rams stood or sat for the national anthem.

"Well I mean with what's going on, I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered", Lynch said.

The 31-year-old did not miss one practice this summer. "But I'm a veteran so I can make it work".

"He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years - it's not a form of anything other than me being myself, ' " Del Rio said in a postgame news conference.

The latest trend of football players sitting on the sidelines when the national anthem is played before games has given birth to two schools of thoughts: the pro and the against.

"They're all talented", Lynch said. He just talked about random football-related things that had nothing to do with the question until they moved on. Ellis slipped and fell while trying to catch an end-over-end kick and was late getting to a second attempt.

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