Trump blasts Lynch for sitting during U.S. anthem, standing for Mexican anthem
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Donald Trump lashed out at Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch Monday after the NFL player took his protest of the national anthem a step further Sunday.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
Prior to a game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City Sunday, Lynch sat through the U.S. national anthem as he has done throughout the season, but he stood for the Mexican national anthem.Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki-- Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
"Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season," Trump wrote.
Many players have sat or kneeled during the national anthem this season after former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so last season to protest racism. Lynch has not explained why he is sitting, according to ESPN.
On Twitter and at rallies, Trump has repeatedly demanded that players be benched or fired for failing to show respect for the flag.Mexican national anthem being sung on field at Estadio Azteca. And throughout the crowd. Marshawn Lynch rose for it. pic.twitter.com/Pz4GoEfyuw-- Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 19, 2017
Team owners have struggled to rein in the demonstrations after many fans expressed outrage over them and threatened boycotts, but players maintain that they are just exercising their rights.
Trump's attack on Lynch follows a Twitter tirade against another athlete Sunday. He struck out at NBA star LaVar Ball after the player blew off the administration's role in getting Ball's son out of a Chinese jail.Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
According to ESPN, Ball responded, "Who?" when asked about Trump helping secure the release of UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill after they were accused of shoplifting in Hangzhou.Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
"Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!" Trump tweeted Sunday, later emphasizing that shoplifting is "a very big deal" in China and complaining that Ball was "very ungrateful!"