The Raiders and the Patriots traveled to play a game in Mexico City during Week 11 of the NFL season. And it appears, at least in one case, they brought their politics with them.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has not stood for the U.S. national anthem at all this year, and he continued that practice in Mexico City on Sunday. However, when it was time for the Mexican anthem to be played, suddenly Lynch felt inspired to stand!
President Trump decided to reignite his feud with the NFL after seeing the story on this morning’s episode of FOX & Friends.
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
At 6:07 a.m. FOX & Friends highlights Marshawn Lynch story; Trump tweets at 6:25 a.m. https://t.co/Y9yFDsd8bd
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 20, 2017
Former NFL running back Herschel Walker also responded this morning to the latest national anthem protests by NFL players.
From Fox News:
Walker said he’s “insulted” by the anthem protests, believing Lynch is “taking this as a joke.” The former Dallas Cowboy and Minnesota Viking faulted commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to take a stand when the protests started.
“I said guys should be suspended at the beginning. I don’t care what people say. The national anthem is the United States of America. … You never protest that,” the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner said
He also called on people – even those who disagree with the president – to “respect the White House,” pushing back against accusations of racism against President Trump.
“He is a good man. They need to give him a chance,” Walker said, explaining he has known Trump since 1982 when he entered the USFL as a member of the New Jersey Generals, owned by Trump for a few years.
Other players, including Olivier Vernon of the Giants, also knelt or sat for the anthem on Sunday. The Dolphins’ Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas took a knee before their game against Tampa Bay. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel until the anthem ended.
Walker is giving away a hand-painted red pickup truck to a veteran or first responder. To enter an “American Hero” in the contest, check out Rocky Ridge Trucks.
Watch the interview below:
NFL players protest is a national sick joke !! They picked the wrong forum & manner on this issue. The national anthem & flag are honored at sporting events for veterans that served & gave their life for our country. NFL players abuse women & animals & yes there are some bad cops but Disrespecting Country. Vet’s & Flag is a dishonor, not a protest !! The right to protest does not make it right !!
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