Marshawn Lynch became the latest pro football player to not stand during the national anthem Saturday night when the Oakland Raiders visited the Arizona Cardinals.
"[Lynch] said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself,'" Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio told ESPN. "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."
It's not exactly clear whether Lynch was protesting the national anthem, like fellow NFL veteran Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles. Earlier this week, Jenkins confirmed he'll kneel for the anthem all season.
However, it shouldn't be hard to discern Lynch's motives, especially from a man who has never been afraid to be himself and speak his mind.
Raiders quarterbacksaid the team supports Lynch, adding the decision was "more of a personal thing" for him.
Per ESPN, Lynch was not in the NFL during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season but has previously expressed his opinion on Kaepernick's actions, commending the quarterback for addressing the problem.
Lynch, 31, came out of a year-long retirement to join his hometown Raiders this offseason.