Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Ex-Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took a seat Saturday during the national anthem at a pre-season Oakland Raiders game, and social media went a little insane.

Lynch, who did not play in the game, sat on an orange cooler, arms on his knees, while all others around him stood.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio spoke about Lynch's action after the 20-10 loss. But unlike those demonstrations, many consider what Lynch did on Saturday as not a protest.

And apparently, Lynch is no stranger to sitting during the anthem.

Saturday night marked Lynch's first game with the Raiders, but he didn't see the field.

Michael Bennett sat on the bench during the national anthem before Sunday's preseason game.

"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio told reporters after the game.

"I really know Mark knows he messed it up", Maddon said. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem".

The decision is identical to ex-San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick when he kneeled during the national anthem during the regular season past year to protest police brutality in the United States. Kaepernick began his protest against racial injustice by remaining seated during the national anthem. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me". "And if you're really not racist then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have".