The first week of the NFL season is now in the books after a marathon Monday night featuring two games and once again, one of the league’s surliest players sitting on his ample backside during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch assumed his customary position on the sidelines at the beginning of his team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Rams, a contest in which he would go on to rush for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Lynch’s on field contribution mattered little as the Jon Gruden era began with a 33-13 pasting that shows that despite the hiring of a high-profile coach, that the silver and black still have serious disciplinary problems that can at least partially be attributed to the arrival of the former Seattle star who quickly became a cancer in the locker room.
And on Monday, he once again made the news for all the wrong reasons.
— SFGate (@SFGate) September 11, 2018
Via the Associated Press, “Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem”:
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem.
Lynch declined to stand for the anthem before the exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions on Friday night. Lynch also sat for the anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for his decision.
No other players on either team demonstrated during the anthem, with the Lions all standing together with locked arms.
The league and the players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this year.
Lynch was among a considerably smaller number of players who protested the anthem in week one, it may be that even many of them are starting to tire of all of the controversy.
The ratings aren’t yet in for Monday night but they are likely to follow the trend set when Thursday’s season opener hit a new low for one of the league’s kickoff extravaganzas and Sunday’s prime-time matchup tanked despite a thrilling game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
In Monday’s opener, the New York Jets demolished the hapless Detroit Lions 48-17.
Lynch’s streak of sitting out the anthem remains uninterrupted with the exception of when he stood during the playing of the Mexican national anthem in last November’s game against New England that was played in Mexico City.
Once a heel, always a heel.