The New England Patriots played the Oakland Raiders at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City Sunday. As far as I can tell, the stupid #TakeAKnee protests have chilled out, but everyone couldn’t help but notice that one player refused to stand for our national anthem.
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch refused to stand for our national anthem WHILE ON FOREIGN SOIL. Oh, it gets worse. He chose to stand during Mexico’s national anthem.
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
What a monumental piece of crap.
Why would he protest during the Mexican anthem?
— C.D. Carter's extremely good account that you love (@CDCarter13) November 19, 2017
Right? America is waaaaaaaaaay more oppressive and terrible!
Lynch has not stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.
There did not appear to be any other protests during the anthem as the afternoon games kicked off. Five NFL players protested during the national anthems before early games.
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.
That’s the good news, I suppose. We’re down to a handful of ungrateful losers kneeling.
Of course, Trump had something to say.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
The Patriots beat the Raiders, which I take as a personal blow to Lynch. So even if you hate the Pats, there’s a reason to be happy.
That being said, please enjoy this beautiful 64-yard TD.
— Patriots News (@BDCPatriots) November 19, 2017
h/t NY Post