The plan going into Saturday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders was to play the starters roughly 15 plays and no more than one quarter.
Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason N.F.L. game by sitting during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders’ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.
“I said 15 plays”, Arians told Palmer.
With all of the continued buzz surrounding former San Francisco 49ers and current free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it is no surprise that Lynch’s decision forced a reaction from Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.
Lynch was not one of them – the 31-year-old had retired from the National Football League and did not play last season but chose to return to his hometown Raiders earlier this year.
“I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. And I mean, if you’re really not racist, then you’re going to see what he’s done, what he’s doing, [not] as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have”.
The issue was polarizing when Kaepernick protested past year and was joined by several players across the country.
The NFL player was photographed on top of an orange cooler with a banana in Glendale, Ariz. “I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about”.
“I don’t doubt his sincerity”, Obama said.
“Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no outcome”.