President Donald Trump tweeted early Monday morning about star NFL running back Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders apparently sitting during the U.S. national anthem before a Sunday afternoon game in Mexico against the New England Patriots.
Lynch, reporter Ben Volin said, then stood during the Mexican national anthem.
Here’s what the president tweeted about that:
“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,” he said.
Trump has been criticizing the NFL routinely since visiting Alabama in September.
Some responders claimed that Volin’s tweet was “false news.”
It’s not the first time Lynch chose to sit during the anthem. In fact, he’s been doing it all season.
Lynch over the summer claimed that he had been sitting during the anthem for 11 years, and his coach Jack Del Rio responded to that by saying, “It’s a non-issue for me.”
“On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we’re on the same page,” Del Rio said. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’ I said, ‘So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I’m going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. We’ll do ours.’ It’s a non-issue for me.”
Earlier on Sunday, we covered a retired NFL running back who strongly disagrees with the protests occurring during the national anthem.
Former NFL stand-out Herschel Walker blamed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing protests during the national anthem to become routine occurrences during the 2017 season and potentially beyond.
Walker said that he finds the protests “upsetting” and that they should have been stopped when they started.
“I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning.”
Walker said that if people want to protest they should do so in Washington, D.C.
“Our flag is very special, and black lives matter, but what we should do is go to Washington after the season and protest there instead. We have young men and women fighting for the flag. And we have to respect the White House,” he added.
Previously, Walker said that the NFL should make a rule that says players can only protest while “off the job.”
“I do, I think it means making a league-wide rule that if you want to protest, protest off the job. One of the things I want to say about the protests, where was everyone before the season started?” he asked. “I didn’t see anyone protesting in front of the White House, protesting in front of Congress or protesting in front of police officers. Why did we wait until football season started to start this again?”