Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Donald Trump wants Marshawn Lynch suspended for sitting during anthem

Donald Trump wants Marshawn Lynch suspended for sitting during anthem

Trump won't get his way, but with a quick tweet he brought the issue to the Raiders' doorstep in what will become a topic in Alameda all week.

The Raiders played a home game in Mexico City on Sunday and Marshawn Lynch sat during the American national anthem, but Lynch stood during the Mexican national anthem.

Trump has made it a personal crusade to call out National Football League players who don't stand for the anthem. He stood instead for the Mexican anthem.

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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.

One thing Mr. Lynch has made clear is that he's not a Trump fan: He wore an "Everybody vs. Trump" T-shirt before the October 1 game, shortly after the president suggested team owners fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem.

This time, Trump singled out Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for standing during the Mexican anthem but not the United States' anthem. On Monday morning, Trump took to Twitter to blast the decision. He previously has slammed players who knelt for disrespecting the military. The Raiders also played here previous year against Houston in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 76,473 people.

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Many critics have said that protesting during the anthem is disrespectful to the country, especially to members of the military.

Lynch rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries in Oakland's 33-8 to New England and did so just one week after racking up two rushing touchdowns against the Dolphins in Week 9.

For 2017, Lynch will earn a base salary of $1,350,000, a roster bonus of $1,125,000 and a workout bonus of $150,000, while carrying a cap hit of $2,625,000 and a dead cap value of $2,500,000.

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