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Del Rio: Standing during national anthem is assumed

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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.”

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • DutchRaid

    Saints signed K. Barnes!

  • inonewordraider

    He’s going to give him all the intel, itll be like superbowl vs bucs all over again

  • SaintKaufman

    …and just picked up his first false start.

  • Dan78

    But you are playing earlier than usual… Hope it gets fixed..

  • Guest123

    Drew Brees better practice that 2 step pirouette move.

  • Rifflicks

    Things sure have changed ….I grew up on the NW side of Chicago.
    All of the neighbors knew who belonged to the neighborhood and who didn’t ….and strangers were always subject to a suspicious eye as everyone looked out for everybody in the neighborhood…..and if they lingered around long enough they would be questioned by someone as to what they were looking for or doing around here.
    I guess some might consider that profiling strangers.

  • RAY NJ

    There’s intel?

  • Rifflicks

    how is he at 3rd and 49?

  • kuhlest

    I would like to say that I am absolutely on board with the Raiders (MD/RM) and JDR response and stance on this national anthem issue and very proud of their firm hard stance on the issue…..if you wear silver and black on Sunday you will respect the flag during the National Anthem or you won’t be wearing silver and black on Monday!

    thats the way to handle a controversy….take note 49ers

  • inonewordraider

    So if mack protests he should sit eh?

  • RaiderCODE

    D question marks so far:

    1) Does the 3-4 alignment fit the roster?
    2) Dan/Jelly not holding point of attack in 3 games, troubling
    3) ME2 absence is a much bigger deal than we thought – how many games out?
    4) Mack getting double teamed seems to neutralize him
    5) Irvin having *zero* impact? wtf?
    6) Heeney/Smith are are pursuit LB’s, at point of attack getting pushed around
    7) Safety play is average at best, if Nelson isnt 100% we’re in trouble
    8) Dont expect rookies much this year, at least not till 2nd half at earliest
    9) D cant stop the run or get off field on 3rd down, will lose TOP and tire early

  • JLofty

    You gotta love Carr. He is SO freaking nice. Just got nothing bad to say about anyone.
    And he’s not faking it. Its genuine….

  • kuhlest

    being a part of this organization means you will respect the flag during team functions (games) if you want to sit as an individual at a private event thats on him…..we won’t have this issue because of the type of players Reggie and Jack are bringing in…blue collar, team first guys…not look at me with my tattoos and my fancy ear phones and I am so hip hop….whatever

  • kuhlest

    he is the perfect politically correct QB

  • JLofty

    10.) It’s pre-season. The games don’t matter and Defense is all about want to. In PS they just don’t want to get hurt. Will be worried towards the end of Sept…

  • inonewordraider

    Well for me personally if mack took a dump on the american flag at midfield i’d still want him on our side on sunday

  • Rifflicks

    NOPE…..give the parents tax payer funded vouchers for their children to attend private schools and eliminate restrictions on school district boundaries, so that any child can attend any school they choose……district boundaries would preclude providing transportation to those attending schools outside of district boundaries.
    Make schools compete for the federal and local funding.

  • RaiderCODE

    What a happy guy. Even losing doesn’t shake him…

  • Rifflicks

    now he just needs to perfect his game playing

  • JLofty

    Yeah I guess. Of course we can spin that into a “good” thing that he doesn’t get rattled. Nothing affects him from coming back and proforming!

  • RaiderCODE

    as opposed to performing…

  • Rifflicks

    though you’d prefer he do it on your chest

  • SaintKaufman
  • inonewordraider

    Haha pretty good

  • kuhlest

    1) yes
    2) yes
    3) 1-2 games…bigger question is what shape will he be in when he returns
    4) they will always double team and in some cases even chip him with a 3rd, but he will find ways to impact game still (not too worried)
    5)not sure what his deal is….gets paid 1st rate $ and plays like a 2nd rate player….hopefully he just isn’t interested in preseason
    6) yes, small pass coverage guys
    7) yes and yes
    8) if rookies don’t jump out in first few games they won’t later(rookie wall) i expect impacts from KJ, Ward, DeWa, Cowser, and Calhoun…maybe Richard too
    9)very much a problem thus far

  • Guest123

    If he’d a torn a rotator cuff there, we’d all be pissed at him now.

  • DutchRaid

    True, but I have been nervous about the line play as well (both sides)…I have held back my “Raiders are going to be very good this year” swagger…

  • RaiderCODE

    JDR’s tone has been pretty low key so far, so apparently he’s not too concerned about what we’ve seen … ‘its just pre-season’ has been the response.. .although he did say the lack of tackling/get off on D he was taking ‘personally’ after the titans debacle- but yesterday he was very upbeat in his presser saying he was only focusing on the ‘positive’ which is mostly Carr having ‘mastered’ the offense… the D will be better he claims, when the real bullets fly…

  • DutchRaid

    I have to appreciate how well you take a joke…

  • kuhlest

    well you’re a sellout and need to re-think your priorities….

  • Rifflicks

    JUST “PROVE IT” BABY

  • Guest123

    The D will be better. JDR is a good defensive coach. You’ll see the adjustments made. People hurt will come back healthy. This will self-correct. But OTOH, JDR is also a meathead coach, so against better coaches he’ll crap the rug and underperform and we’ll also lose some winnable games.

  • Raider 8

    he also said the defense has to get “a whole hell of a lot better”. he’s ticked.

  • Morilla_00

    It’s funny to see the people that are so sick of political correctness and are for speaking their mind, but when it comes to the flag they are all so righteous.

  • Rifflicks

    JUST “PROVE IT” BABY !

  • kuhlest

    that must be a pressurized opening in order to keep the cooler air inside the dome

  • inonewordraider

    Raider players political ideologies arent my priority and they arent yours either, sounds good though

  • RaiderCODE

    3) would lean more toward 3-4 games…
    8) be surprised if Cowser even makes the team now – wasnt great against 3’s vs packers and was a healthy scratch against titans…

    Ward will be a starter game 1 but expect him to be another ME2, ‘decent’ at first improving as year goes on.

    KJ is behind and will be eased in slowly, his striking lack of size is a liability in his ‘hitman’ game.. dont see him as an effective box safety at this level…

  • kuhlest

    not following?

  • Rifflicks

    Heat rises …..not the cool air

  • DutchRaid

    JDR is a good defensive coach….I think you are right, but Dennis Allen was a defensive coach also…but JDR > Allen!

  • RaiderCODE

    KNJ is calling the plays on D and he’s even more stubborn… seems like he’s forcing the seahags D on this roster…

  • inonewordraider

    I couldnt disagree with riff more about politics but hes def one of the funniest guys here

  • Rifflicks

    and JDR just stands idly by and only winks at his miscalls

  • Guest123

    Allen isn’t even a good defensive coach though. Not even a good coordinator.

  • Raider 8

    right…but it doesn’t help to exaggerate the real things that happened. no one is saying racial injustice isn’t real…but rash exaggerations just to emotionalize issues leads nowhere.

  • RaiderCODE

    OTOH no reason the offense is not top 10 :

    1) Oline is very good at pass blocking
    2) Carr has plenty of weapons
    3) Wash/Jalen are perfect additions to run/screen game
    4) Pass first to set up run
    5) Still need to use the TE *alot* more
    6) Depth is pretty damn good

  • Dan78

    The Greeks..

  • Rifflicks

    until they disrupt team unity and chemistry