President Donald Trump hammered Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch on Twitter Monday morning.
Lynch refused to stand for the American national anthem when the Raiders played the New England Patriots in Mexico City. However, he had no problem standing 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
Lynch’s refusal to respect America didn’t go unnoticed by Trump. The President tweeted, “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.”
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
I wrote last night that Lynch’s decision was incredibly stupid and disrespectful. How can anybody with an ounce of common sense or decency honestly believe Mexico is a better place than America? Mexico’s human rights record is atrocious. Journalists are murdered without a second thought, corruption runs rampant throughout the country and innocent people are routinely slaughtered in massive drug wars. All of that makes Lynch’s decision pretty mind-boggling.
This is also a great battle for Trump to fight. Most people look at what Lynch did and instantly know he was in the wrong. It’s one thing to protest in America, but all those disagreements need to be left at the door when traveling abroad.
There is no excuse for what Lynch did, and hopefully the NFL or the Raiders management sends a message.