One of the big controversies going on in the NFL right now has to do with Colin Kaepernick and the fact that he’s not currently on a team. He is five years from having taken his team to the Super Bowl, now he can’t get a job as a back up quarterback in a league where guys like Jay Cutler are coming back out of retirement to start for the Miami Dolphins. The question is, does this have to do with Kaepernick’s play or his politics? Last year Kaepernick got a lot of attention for choosing to kneel down during the National Anthem in a sign of protest against the inequality in America. While focus argue back and forth, last night Oakland Raider running back Marshawn Lynch decided to not stand for the National Anthem before a game in Phoenix, AZ.
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According to SportingNews.com, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was unaware of Lynch’s plan to sit for the Anthem.
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.
Lynch did not join Kaepernick in his protests last year because he had stepped away from the game at that point, only deciding to return a few months back and signing with the Raiders. The first time Kaepernick did it, it was something similar. No one knew before hand, but by the second week the camera were on him to see if he’d do it again. I expect we’ll see the cameras on Lynch before the Anthem for the second preseason game and the first regular season game.
At this point Kaepernick is still unsigned… and the debate whether its because of his diminishing play or his politics will continue .