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Marshawn Lynch, the perfect provocateur

Related Topics: Marshawn Lynch, Colin Kaepernick

Marshawn Lynch is in many ways the perfect provocateur to advance the Colin Kaepernick story (if that's what he was doing) because, unlike most athletes, he operates serenely yet obstinately as though he has nothing to lose.

That is, after all, the ultimate leverage.

Thus, when he sat through the national anthem in Glendale Saturday night eating a banana with two Oakland Raiders staffers standing in front of him, it was a gesture that was left for the observer to interpret.

Maybe he was speaking out for Kaepernick. Maybe he was protesting the terrorist events in Charlottesville, Va.