Trump Calls for Suspension of NFL's Marshawn Lynch
US President Donald Trump has called for the NFL to suspend Marshawn Lynch. The Oakland Raiders player declined to stand for the US national anthem but did stand for the Mexican anthem during a game played in Mexico City on 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!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
The game was played in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City as part of an effort to promote the NFL to an international audience. The Raiders lost the game to the New England Patriots, 33-8.
Lynch was standing for the first few bars of the US national anthem but then sat down. He stood once again during the Mexican anthem. He was one of the few players to kneel at the start of the NFL season. More than 200 had joined in the protest by the third week, however.