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.
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
Trump also said the NFL should suspend Lynch for the remainder of the season if he again refuses to stand during the anthem.
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
Trump’s claim that Lynch was booed for his decision could not be verified.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.