At a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders remained seated during the national anthem, signaling the first such instance of the 2017 season. While it is not clear what Marshawn’s motive was for remaining seated, it is reasonable to assume an anti-racism basis given a previous pro-Black statement. SI.com, Twitter.com/Sportscenter. Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, who also remained seated on the following day, was unequivocal that his decision was motivated by injustice and inequality in America. NFL.com.