When Star Running Back Marshawn Lynch sat down for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during a game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City this weekend, it was nothing new.

After all, Marshawn Lynch has been sitting out the anthem for years, and while he didn’t play during the NFL’s Year of Living Kaepernickly back in 2016, he made it clear during his return to the league that he would keep on sitting.

So surely he would keep on sitting during the national anthem of Mexico, right? After all, according to what Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio said back in August, Lynch told him that sitting out the national anthem “is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.”

Well, apparently, he doesn’t quite feel himself when the “Himno Nacional Mexicano” is playing:

Apparently, another country’s national anthem made him realize that sitting down during the national anthem is a sign of disrespect and is “not a form of anything other than me being myself.” But not “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


The incident had echoes of a September NFL game in London when members of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars decided to kneel during our national anthem but to stand during “God Save the Queen.”

Empty Seats Everywhere At Stadiums As Kneeling Backlash Continues In Week 11

That incident, however, occurred during the week three kneel-o-rama, which was touched off by comments by President Trump during a campaign rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange that NFL owners should fire any “son of a b****” who disrespected the anthem.

After photographs surfaced showing Lynch standing during the Mexican national anthem and sitting during the US national anthem at a game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City on Sunday, Trump called for his suspension.

“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 the remainder of the season. Attendance and ratings way down,” he tweeted.

Lynch’s actions came on a weekend of relatively mild protests, with only five other players around the NFL protesting the anthem on Sunday, according to the New York Post.

It’s unlikely Lynch will give any explication for his actions.

The Raiders running back is known for not speaking to the media during his time in the league, once infamously attending a mandatory Super Bowl press conference with the Seattle Seahawks and answering nearly every question with some permutation of, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

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However, if Lynch is protesting racism, he probably shouldn’t have stood for a national anthem of a country in which studies show economic opportunity decreases dramatically the darker your skin tone is, according to Quartz. Oh, and if he’s staying with liberal causes, how about the hundreds of women who have been killed in the city of Juarez without any hope of justice for their murder? Or the rampant gun crime created by lawless cartels who work in concert with corrupt government officials? Those enough would have been enough to sit down for, if justice is what this is about.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, certain members of social media were unsympathetic.

Lynch’s dedication to selective social justice didn’t really help the Raiders much. They ended up losing 33-8 to the New England Patriots in a one-sided affair that was every bit as close as it sounds; Oakland, considered by many to be a Super Bowl contender going into this season, now sits at 4-6 and only remains in the playoff race because most of the rest of the AFC is equally as terrible.

Empty Seats Everywhere At Stadiums As Kneeling Backlash Continues In Week 11

H/T Breitbart

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