Trump calls on National Football League to suspend Marshawn Lynch

Two pictures of Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Oakland Raiders, shows him sitting during America's anthem then proceeding to stand for the Mexican anthem.

Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots squared off in Mexico City, Mexico. "Attendance and ratings way down", Trump tweeted.

Lynch is not the first NFL player to decline to stand during the national anthem before playing on foreign soil this season.

The NFL has said it prefers that players stand for the anthem but has not taken any disciplinary action against those who choose not to. Engaging NFL players in that way is a direct violation of their first amendment protections - a freedom of expression which, like it or not, the president is supposed to defend, according to the oath of office Trump took at his inauguration. The actions came on the heels of President Trump's remarks suggesting players who did not stand for the national anthem should be fined or removed from action.

Snoop Dogg responded to Trump, praising LaVar Ball and Lynch and lambasting Trump in an expletive-laced video, TMZ reported Monday. It read, "President Trump I voted for you, which I now regret". He previously has slammed players who knelt for disrespecting the military.

Last season, he was out of the National Football League when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting, then kneeling, during the anthem, inspiring others to stage their own protests.

On Nov. 19, Trump also blasted National Basketball Association star LeVar Ball for not been sufficiently grateful.

"Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal", Trump wrote.

  • Stacy Allen