Marshawn Lynch shows ‘great disrespect!’ to anthem, Trump says

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch did not stand during the national anthem before Sunday’s game in Mexico City.

President Trump is jumping back into the national anthem debate.

Trump tweeted Monday morning about Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch’s decision to not stand for the US national anthem during Sunday’s game in Mexico City against the Patriots. Lynch stood during the Mexican anthem, according to the Globe’s Ben Volin.

Trump also said the NFL should suspend Lynch for the remainder of the season if he again refuses to stand during the anthem.


Trump’s claim that Lynch was booed for his decision could not be verified.

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In a September appearance in Montgomery, Ala., Trump ripped into players who followed former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead and did not stand during the anthem. He said any player who did not stand was a “son of a bitch.”

The NFL decided last month that it would not mandate players stand for the anthem, but said players “should.”

Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.