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Donald Trump has reinserted himself back into the NFL’s national anthem debate. This time, the president blasted Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for standing during the Mexican national anthem on Sunday, but sitting during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Less than a day after Trump tweeted he should have left three UCLA basketball players in jail in China because one of their fathers wasn’t grateful for Trump’s help, Trump blasted Lynch.
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
The Raiders played the New England Patriots in Mexico City on Sunday, which is why both countries’ national anthems were played. Lynch stood for one, but took a seat for the other.
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
Since returning from retirement at the beginning of this season, Lynch has declined to stand for the national anthem. Lynch was suspended for one game earlier this year for making contact with an official.
Lynch doesn’t speak much with the media but when asked about Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests last year, Lynch said, “With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered. And if you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”
The NFL has declined to make it mandatory for players to stand during the anthem, and the league owners and the players recently decided that the best way to handle Trump’s tweets on the matter was simply to ignore them.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.