Donald Trump Calls on National Football League to Suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

Donald Trump Calls on National Football League to Suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

Donald Trump Calls on National Football League to Suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

President Donald Trump suggested that the NFL should suspend the Oakland Raiders' running back Marshawn Lynch for the rest of the season if he sits during the USA national anthem again.

Lynch did not stand for the "The Star-Spangled Banner" during a game against the New England Patriots on Sunday in Mexico City, but did stand for the playing of Mexico's national anthem. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said, in reference to President Trump, "The bully-in-chief needs to worry about his own approval ratings and stop picking on people". He stood when the Mexican anthem was played. In his tweet, Trump would call for a yearlong suspension of Lynch.

The president also noted National Football League "attendance and ratings way down".

This isn't the first time Delisa Lynch has spoke about her son's decision to kneel for the anthem.

"I think what Marshawn did, it nearly undermined all of the work that Colin Kaepernick has done". And so, my thought is, that everybody should pay respect to the flag and stand at attention and that's how I feel about it. As Deadspin notes, it appears as though Lynch was getting his equipment strapped on during it.

The players have said the gesture is in protest against perceived racial injustice and police brutality.

In a conversation with Conan O'Brien, Lynch said, "My take on it is shit has to start somewhere".

According to former Detroit Lions linebacker Caleb Campbell, there is a double-standard in Lynch standing for one national anthem and not the other. He falsely claimed in a tweet that Lynch was booed for sitting during the anthem, and also stated that Lynch should be suspended for the rest of the season.

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