Mexico City, Mexico - Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Oakland Raiders, refused to stand for the U.S. national anthem at Sunday's game in Mexico City, yet stood when the Mexican national anthem was played.
The refusal to stand for the U.S. national anthem movement was started by former NFL player Colin in preseason 2016 as a protest against what he said were racial injustice and police brutality.
Earlier in the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars received public backlash for their protest of the U.S. when they played in London. In that game, the team knelt for the U.S. national anthem but stood for the British national anthem, 'God Save The Queen.'
The Jaguars were ultimately forced to apologize to local military officials after public outcry for the disrespect shown to both the flag and the U.S. military abroad.
Commentator Neil Carousso said in a social media post:
"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. NFL."
Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio talked with Lynch about his refusal to stand for the U.S. national anthem during a preseason game. Del Rio said he then "...talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page."
He said Lynch answered, "This is something I've done for 11 years. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself."
His actions in Mexico now show that Lynch is, in fact, protesting.
In response, Del Rio said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. We'll do ours.' It's a non-issue for me."
Lynch's actions at Sunday's game against the New England Patriots occurred about the same time that NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora announced an agreement between the NFL and the Mexico Industry of Tourism to continue playing NFL games in Mexico through 2021.
There has been no comment yet from Del Rio or anyone from the team, including Lynch.
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