An NFL player protests during the national anthem. Donald Trump calls him out on Twitter. Rinse, repeat.
Marshawn Lynch put his own twist on players’ ongoing demonstrations against social inequality Sunday, sitting for the American national anthem but standing for the Mexican national anthem in the Oakland Raiders’ game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City.
President Trump has been very outspoken against these protests, at various points calling for players to be “fired” or suspended if they don’t stand for the anthem. And Lynch didn’t escape POTUS’ Twitter wrath Monday morning.
This is par for the course for a Trump response; he’s also called out the league in tweets past for declining ratings and attendance numbers. Trump also said last month he believed Colin Kaepernick, who began the movement of NFL players demonstrating during the national anthem last year, should have been suspended at the time.
It’s very unlikely Trump gets his wish as far as the NFL suspending Lynch, though; league owners and players met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month to discuss the protests, but no hard discipline was put in place for those who fail to stand during the anthem.