Del Rio: Standing during national anthem is assumed

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it's "understood" that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it’s “understood” that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday he’s never had any issues with players not standing during the national anthem but considers it an organizational expectation.

“It’s never come to a point where I’ve had to address it, it’s always been understood,” Del Rio said. “You stand attention. You pay respect to our flag, our country. That’s always been kind of an assumed thing.”

The national anthem debate has swarmed the NFL since Friday when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick detailed his reasons for sitting during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which he’s done for all three preseason games this year.

Kaepernick is doing so as a way to protest social inequality in America and Del Rio, while recognizing the right to do so, said the Raiders prefer those stances be taken up in different forums.

“In America, as individuals, we all have freedoms and that’s one of the things that makes our country great,” Del Rio said. “For us, I think it’s more about recognizing that you’re part of an organization. You’re representing our organization and our organization believes that you should pay respect to the flag. Save those individual decisions to express yourself for an individual forum.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr called Kaepernick “a great guy” with whom he’s had a good relationship and exchanged texts and phone calls with over the offseason. While supporting his right to do as he pleases, Carr said he will always stand during the anthem.

“Obviously we all have the freedom to do as we choose and that’s just the way he’s choosing to do certain things,” Carr said.

“For me, I’ve had some family that were in the military and I’ll always stand and just respect it. But if he wants to do it a certain way, he has that right to choose what he wants to do. Whether people agree or not, he doesn’t care, he’s standing up for something he believes, but for me, I’ll stand.”


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • DutchRaid

    It is really funny isn’t it to an extent? Like people switched positions?

  • inonewordraider

    How much tail has ur dog gotten u? Have a dog now and think man, shoulda had one when i was single….

  • Guest123

    Not sold on depth or the talent of our ‘weapons’. definitely no sold on the concept of pass to set up the run. Does that sound like a Musgrave offense to you?

  • DutchRaid

    True, I just kept thinking the Allen years that somehow are defense was going to get better? It seemed like the DBs were the guys who never knew what was going on, they always looked confused…

  • kuhlest

    no and shouldn’t be used as such…should be more of a Earl Thomas type FS

  • Rifflicks

    TSA seeking people to adopt dogs who have retired or have not mastered the explosives training skills required to work for TSA

  • inonewordraider

    You sure learned alot about our starters based on 5 quarters of football

  • RaiderCODE

    Carr needs to throw it 40 times a game for us to have any chance – oline is below average run blocking esp when trying to line up on 1st down in I-formation and smash mouth.. losing almost everytime – otoh when we pass first and get them on their heels, its a different game

  • Guest123

    I really want a dog now that I have a house out in the country. My home even has a dog run and adjoining shed converted to a dog house and it comes with its own window shaker. Previous owner had two large champion Rottweiler’s. As it is I have trouble with the neighbor’s dogs who p00p and pee on our mailbox which pisses off the wife to the point where she is dead set against us having a dog.

  • Guest123

    again I ask, does that sound like Musgrave? you can’t suddenly wake up and think you have a new OC. He is what he is.

  • Never had a little do before but now I love these little guys.

    Not chihuahua’s but 13-18 LB ones. Energy in aboundence but easy to handle

  • RaiderCODE

    Prediction: Washington will be starting before the season is half over.

  • No tail from them.

    My relationship with the MiMi goes beyond tricking her out.

  • RaiderCODE
  • Guest123

    smaller dogs I have found to be feisty and as moody as females during that time of the month. larger dogs always seem to smile.

  • Ken SnakeLer

    Yep. Get ya a retriever. They don’t have a mean bone in their body and love to run/play.

  • Ken SnakeLer

    Not so fast… Let’s see what Murray does with this line and prep for an opponent. It will help him a lot to not have the 25 touches a game, I think.

  • RaiderCODE

    oline blocking has been below avg (like last year) and Tay is not great at catching passes or making people miss – Wash and Jalen are…

  • RaidingTexas

    Only if you have the time and patience to train. There’s nothing worse than 60-80 pounds of untrained lab destroying everything in sight. Lots of labs conveniently “escape” from homes where nobody really puts in the effort to get them under control.

  • Looks like the tin bucket they serve chilled beer bottles in with a happy sparkler

  • ForHundred8

    But but but the sky is falling!

    “Sean McDonough, who replaces Mike Tirico as the lead announcer and Gruden’s broadcast partner, said he got a good scouting report from his brother Terry, who is vice president of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals.

    “Oakland is definitely the trendy pick to be a team that will take a big step forward, and I think they will,” McDonough said. “They played Arizona at the beginning of the preseason, I talked to Terry after the game and he just echoed what people have been saying, that Oakland has a lot of talent and he thinks they’re going to have a terrific year.””

  • Ken SnakeLer

    We’ve been lucky with ours, I guess.

  • RaidingTexas

    I’ve had several types of dogs. I’m pretty well sold on those mid-sized cattle/carolina/dingo types of dogs – even if they’re mixes. They’re usually about 30-40 pounds and very smart. They just need a job. My two pups are 100% focused on keeping those squirrel invaders out of the yard!

  • Guest123

    Back when I ran a farm, I had springer spaniels. they were excellent gopher dogs. They’d root them out when I’d irrigate and I’d pound gophers with my shovel or target practice with my 12 gauge shotgun. Like you said, just give them a job.

  • Raderzfan Sixtyfive

    Andy Reid made a living in Philly using the pass to set up the run, it worked pretty good most of the time.

  • Raderzfan Sixtyfive

    it’s becuase to SOME of us it means all, like its the symbol of a dream.. sorry you don’t have a clue.

  • Morilla_00

    This is ‘Murica!!!! We are allowed to think what we want. Hoooorah

  • Brevity

    I was watching the News yesterday and the immigrants are still coming in droves via boats which was full and every Refugee wore a new life jacket. My question is , where did the immigrants get the money??? These immigrants come from War Torn Countries demolished ,
    yet they can find their way to purchase a life jacket and pay whatever it costs to use the lifeboats ….does anyone else find it odd?