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    Controversy Surrounds Lynch's Practice With High School Team

    Controversy surrounds Marshawn Lynch's recent practice with the Oakland Tech football team. Jodi Hernandez reports.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 27, 2017)

    Students and parents loved it. California high school officials did not.

    Suspended Oakland Raiders star running back Marshawn Lynch suited up and practiced with football players this week at his alma matter at Oakland Tech High School. Turns out going "beast mode" with the school squad is a no-no.

    Video of Lynch, currently serving a one-week suspension in the National Football League, practicing with the high school team has gone viral.

    "It's really inspiring. They were all really excited for him to come and a lot of people went to practice because they were like 'Oh, Marshawn's going to practice with us.' That's encouragement for them to reach their goals," Oakland Tech student Felicia Lews said.

    Controversy Over Marshawn's Practice

    [BAY] Controversy Over Marshawn's Practice

    Controversy surrounds Marshawn Lynch's recent practice with Oakland Tech's football team. Cheryl Hurd reports.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 27, 2017)

    But not everyone is cheering. Turns out it is against league rules for adults to practice with high school students.

    "We met with the Oakland Tech administration and took appropriate action based on the violation," California Interscholastic Commissioner and Oakland Unified Athletics Director Alfonso Powell said.

    Powell said the administrator in charge made a mistake and it has been dealt with. But he added the league appreciates Lynch staying involved at Oakland Tech.

    "I don't think he meant any harm by being out there," Powell said. "He was just trying to create a positive environment for kids. But there is a rule in place and we have to reinforce the rule."

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