In a stunning show of anti-Americanism and hypocrisy on Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” but 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
The Oakland team was in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium Sunday night, where they faced the Patriots. The Raiders went on to lose 33-8 after trailing 30-0 in the fourth quarter.
Lynch’s insult to America and the flag while on foreign soil was noted by President Trump in an early-morning tweet. As usual, the President said exactly what Americans everywhere are thinking.
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
Lynch, who came out of retirement this year, sat during most of the U.S. anthem before taking a stand for the Mexican anthem. The former Seahawks Superbowl champion has refused to stand for the American anthem at every game this season.
He appeared to be the only player protesting at the Raiders-Patriots game.
Five players were seen protesting the national anthem at earlier games, New York Post reports.
Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, and Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins knelt before their game against the Buccaneers, which they lost 30-20.
Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon also took a knee last night at their game against the Chiefs. On the other side, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters stayed in the tunnel until the end of the national anthem, as he has done in the last couple of games.
Lynch is concerned about racial injustice, but seemed to neglect Mexico’s long-time mistreatment of its indigenous peoples–which began with the massacring and enslavement of Mesoamericans under the Spanish.
To this day, Mexico’s indigenous tribes face high illiteracy, illness, and poverty rates.
And if Lynch was truly interested in protesting abusive governments, he’d certainly take issue with Mexico’s, which (among other controversies) is still under scrutiny for the disappearance and probable murder of 43 activist college students in 2014.
Apparently Marshawn Lynch doesn’t understand the fact that the Mexican government is not even in the same league as the United States in terms of human rights.
Patriots on social media rightly pointed out that if Lynch thinks Mexico’s human rights record is better than America’s, he ought to try living there.
Amazing how clueless some pro-athletes are.
— Real Jack (@RealJack) November 20, 2017
I’m not sure I understand this. If not standing for the US anthem isn’t about disrespect, then why not continue the statement during the Mexican Anthem?
— Juan Claude Van Damm (@MrRichardF) November 19, 2017
In Mexico, NFL punk Marshawn Lynch sat for the United States Anthem and stood for Mexico’s.
Marshawn Lynch is a thug. A gross anti American THUG. Why is he here if he so clearly hates America? Stay in Mexico.
Deport Marshawn Lynch to Mexico.
— Mike (@mike_Zollo) November 20, 2017
— John (@jonnyray45) November 20, 2017
Marshawn Lynch sat for the United States national anthem and then stood for the Mexican national anthem in Mexico. How dumb can you be? Mexican government is and has always been more oppressive and lacking in human rights than US.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 20, 2017
Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. anthem and stands for Mexican anthem. How disgusting, uninformed and misguided is that.#NFLMexico
— NEIL GIBGOT (@GIBBYNA) November 19, 2017
So Marshawn Lynch sits for our anthem, yet stands for the Mexican anthem? This is exactly why the #NFL has collapsed in their ratings. No one wants to watch spoiled rich brats give a big middle finger to America. ? #MAGA pic.twitter.com/2KOfdwC3m9
— ?John Desantis?? (@Trumpfan1995) November 20, 2017
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