The NFL has tried to export football into global markets in England and Mexico.
But they’ve neglected their core business by allowing players kneel for our national anthem, which has led to Americans turning off games and burning NFL jerseys.
Now, the actions of one notorious NFL player has embarrassed the league on an international stage.
The Oakland Raiders took on the New England Patriots in Mexico City.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has sat during the National Anthem throughout this season.
But when he stood for the Mexican Anthem, football fans were outraged.
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
President Trump weighed in, calling for Lynch to be suspended by the NFL the next time he sits.
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
One writer for SBNation tried to argue Lynch is protesting the National Anthem only because of police brutality and systemic injustices in the U.S.
He continued, “That’s why Lynch stood for the Mexican national anthem. He’s not a citizen of that nation, and has nothing to protest as far as what goes on within their country.”
“Afro-Mexicans” as they’re known are actually subjected to extreme racial injustice in Mexico, something Lynch would and these other petulant protestors would know little about.
In 2016, BBC interviewed Afro-Mexican from Oaxaca who was harassed by police under suspicion of being an illegal immigrant:
“The police made me sing the national anthem three times, because they wouldn’t believe I was Mexican,” says Chogo el Bandeno, a black Mexican singer-songwriter.
“I had to list the governors of five states too.”
Fortunately his rendition of the anthem and his knowledge of political leaders convinced the police to leave him alone, but other Afro-Mexicans have not been so fortunate.
The article goes on to note that Afro-Mexicans are not officially recognized as a minority by the Mexican government.
Mexico practices the very types of systemic oppression Lynch and these other coddled millionaires claim to be opposing.
Yet that’s the country Lynch was ignorantly showing respect for by standing during their anthem, after disrespecting America’s.
What are your thoughts?
Is Trump’s solution the right one? Should Marshawn Lynch be suspended for the rest of the season if he sits again?