Why Marshawn Lynch’s anthem sit-down won’t affect Raiders


NAPA — Marshawn Lynch made headlines the way he usually does — without saying a word.

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And that’s only one of the reasons why a second go-round of a prominent player sitting for the national anthem won’t have the same furor or momentum it did a year ago when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stayed seated to protest racial injustice.

Lynch was long gone from the Raiders locker room by the time reporters arrived Saturday night in Arizona, leaving coach Jack Del Rio to do the talking.

Del Rio didn’t wait, addressing it in his opening statement. If Del Rio can get his linebackers to go at ball-carriers as aggressively as he tackled the Lynch story, maybe the Raiders defense won’t give up yards as easily as they did in the first half of a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The question in the business is whether a story has “legs,” and Kaepernick was a veritable centipede given his predilection to for addressing it every other week or so when it was brought up by local or visiting media.

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That’s all well and good. Kaepernick said what he believed, believed what he said and wanted to relay a message.That’s his right whether …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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