With all the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and his inability to obtain a job in the NFL after his kneeling fiasco last year, you would think NFL players would want to avoid the same fate. Well turns out you’re wrong. This past weekend Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch was photographed sitting down and eating during the national anthem.
Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio was quoted as saying “On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we’re on the same page,” the coach said. “He 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. We’ll do ours.’ It’s a non-issue for me.”
A non-issue? What happened was everything but a non-issue. The utter disrespect shown by Lynch was a disgrace to the flag and the people who served and died to defend it. His act makes Kaepernick look like a flag waving patriot. How these “men” can disrespect a country that gave them the chance to get out of the hood, out of poverty and make millions of dollars playing the game they love is unfathomable to me. It’s time the Raiders and the NFL start giving the Colin Kaepernick treatment to Lynch to and insure he never plays another down of NFL football again.