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:
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
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.”
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.