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He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years. However, coach Jack Del Rio has already spoken with Lynch and confirmed that the matter was a "non-issue", according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair.

Lynch, who sat on a cooler while the "Star-Spangled Banner" was being played, apparently told Del Rio that he is not trying to start a movement like the one Colin Kaepernick started last year and has instead been choosing not to stand for the national anthem for years. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".

It's possible that Lynch has skipped the anthem in some settings, but Del Rio's statement made it sound like Lynch has consistently sat out the anthem throughout his career.

Lynch, who rose to National Football League stardom as a member of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks, initially retired after the 2015 season before applying for reinstatement.

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

Lynch didn't speak publicly about the gesture after the game, which was his first since returning from retirement.

What do you think about Lynch's sitting during the national anthem?

In a time of controversy and racial tension in the United States, Lynch chose the ideal moment to sit during the national anthem.

Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.

PFT tracked down a video of the national anthem before the November 13, 2011 Ravens-Seahawks game in Seattle, and that video clearly shows Lynch standing for the anthem.

"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered", Lynch told O'Brien, standing and putting his hands up as if facing the police.

Then-president Barack Obama said Kaepernick was "exercising his constitutional right" to protest and bring attention to racial injustice, according to USA Today.


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