Trump: NFL Should Suspend Marshawn Lynch Over Protest

Oakland Raider stood for Mexico's national anthem, sat for US version
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2017 12:33 AM CST
Updated Nov 20, 2017 10:28 AM CST
Oakland Raider Stands for Mexican Anthem, Sits for US Anthem
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch runs against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

On Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood for a national anthem for the first time this season. It was the Mexican one. Lynch remained seated for the US national anthem before the team's game in Mexico City against the New England Patriots, Sports Illustrated reports. Lynch has stayed seated during the US anthem before every game since coming out of retirement this year. He doesn't tend to speak to the media and hasn't discussed his reason for the protests, though he wore an "Everybody vs. Trump" shirt before a game early last month, the Washington Post notes. And his latest protest definitely caught the president's attention.

Lynch "stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down." Trump has previously made the anthem protests an issue. In Sunday's game, meanwhile, the Raiders ended up losing 33-8 at the Estadio Azteca. (Papa John's has walked back its founder's comments on NFL protests.)

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