MEXICO CITY (CBS/AP) – President Donald Trump is lashing out against an Oakland Raiders player who sat for most of the U.S. national anthem but stood up for the Mexican anthem before Sunday’s game against the Patriots in Mexico City.
Running back Marshawn Lynch has not stood for “The Star-Spangled Banner” since returning from retirement this season. He continued his protest at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
Trump tweeted Monday morning that Lynch’s demonstration showed “Great disrespect!”
“Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down,” Trump wrote.
At least five other NFL players protested during the national anthem before games on Sunday.
The Dolphins’ Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas took a knee before their game against Tampa Bay.
Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon took a knee, as he has done most of the season. The opposing Chiefs stood scattered on their sideline, though cornerback Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel until it was over.
Peters protested during the anthem earlier this season, but the last couples games he has stayed in the locker room to keep out of the spotlight.
Many NFL players have chosen to kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
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