“(Lynch) 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 and we’ll do ours. So, that’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said, according to ESPN.
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Lynch is following in the footsteps of unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still an unsigned free agent. Kaepernick sparked controversy for some by kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest during the beginning of the 2016 season. Lynch was retired last season when Kaepernick’s protest made national headlines.
In September, Lynch spoke about Kaeperick's protest while on Conan O'Brien's late night show.
“I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered,” he said.
The Raiders lost to the Cardinals 20-10 in their preseason opener, and Lynch did not play.