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NFL notes: Marshawn Lynch talks to the media, but avoids questions about the national anthem

NFL notes: Marshawn Lynch talks to the media, but avoids questions about the national anthem

Marshawn Lynch spoke to reporters as the Oakland Raiders broke training camp on Thursday, and the man who was known for being a tough interview before his one-year retirement from the NFL actually gave direct, meaningful answers to almost all of the media members’ questions.

Except the ones about him sitting during the national anthem during the Raiders' exhibition opener against Arizona last weekend. He was a lot more evasive in responding to those, even while managing to remain charming and engaging.

The reporter who first brought up the topic called it “the elephant in the room.” Before the man could finish his question, Lynch said: “I think that elephant just left the room...

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