One NFL player has decided to disrespect the national anthem even further than has been done before.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch kneeled before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but then stood up to honor the Mexican national anthem, according to The Washington Times.
Mr. Lynch’s move harkens to the incident of a Sept. 24th game in London, in which two dozen players who knelt during the US national anthem stood up for “God Save the Queen.” In response, many fans of the league have taken to social media to voice their discontent.
“Marshawn Lynch doesn’t protest Mexico’s long history of human rights abuses by corrupt politicians but sits for our National Anthem – the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Disgusting,” tweeted news reporter Neil. A. Carousso.
“Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican [anthem],” tweeted Boston Globe NFL writer Ben Volin.
As to be expected, President Trump took to Twitter as well when he posted “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.”
During a match between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos last October, Lynch had worn a T-shirt that read “Everybody vs. Trump” prior to the match, as reported by The Hill. Although he has been sitting down during the national anthem this season, the player did not confirm or deny his motivations concerning his actions – despite what his fashion choices would suggest.
In total, five NFL players protested during the anthem before the early games; Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas all took a knee before their game. Oliver Vernon, defensive lineman of the Giants, knelt as he has done for most of the season. Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel until after the anthem concluded.
The New York Times reported that the Mexican government is known for its own harsh policies, casting aside the liberal depiction of the nation as a place free from injustice. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s party, Institutional Revolutionary Party, has a history of detaining, torturing, and executing hundreds of “students, laborers, peasant farmers or teachers.”
“It’s irrefutable that many of the response by public forces were conducted outside the law,” said José Luis Soberanes, president of the National Human Rights Commission. “Particularly forced disappearances, which gravely ruptured all legality by imposing an authoritarian remedy on a political problem. The human rights of hundreds of people were violated by groups formed under the auspices of national security,” he added.
Marshawn Lynch kneeled for the US national anthem and stood for the Mexican national anthem. Is this a direct insult to the US?
With even Human Rights Watch criticizing how prevalent human rights violations are in the region, the reality of the situation is a far cry from what many of these anthem-protestors would have viewers believe – that America is a country rampant with systemic racism while just south of the border is a nation that’s much better.
With so many former fans turning their backs to the league in light of these protests, it seems that Americans aren’t buying it.