When Marshawn Lynch ran onto the field during the second quarter of Thursday night’s game in Oakland, it was in an attempt to get between his offensive line teammates and his friend Marcus Peters. In the process he ended up grabbing an official, getting kicked out of the game, and slapped with a one-game suspension.
The scuffle came about after Peters laid a late hit on defenseless Derek Carr whose forward progress had already been stopped. This naturally drew the anger of Raiders’ offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn.
Lynch plays for the Oakland Raiders. The first part of that means as much or more to him than the second. He is Oakland through and through. And so is Marcus Peters. In that moment he saw his Raiders brothers going after his Oakland brother, so he ran off the sideline to diffuse it.
After the game, Lynch and Peters even rode the BART together, headed north toward downtown Oakland where Lynch’s Beast Mode store is located.
Now, like Marshawn did for him, and despite playing for his team’s arch rival Chiefs, Marcus Peters is returning the favor. He will be testifying Monday in support of Marshawn to try and keep him from being suspended, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
Marcus Peters will testify for Marshawn Lynch during his suspension appeal. pic.twitter.com/L0MWR0UavB— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 22, 2017
Some things are bigger than football rivalries.
Marshawn and everyone else will know by Tuesday if the Raiders will have him next week when they head to Buffalo to face the Bills.