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NFL Player Sits for Star Spangled Banner But Stands for Mexican National Anthem

While playing in Mexico, NFL player Marshawn Lynch remained seated for Star Spangled Banner, but chose to stand for the Mexican national anthem.

The protest by the Oakland Raiders running back went viral on Twitter, as many noted the Lynch’s reaction to his home country’s anthem and the foreign country’s. Though, this move was not entirely surprising, as the player has remained seated or otherwise protested every single pregame performance of the national anthem since the beginning of the season.

Lynch was the only NFL player to protest the national anthem while playing in Mexico City, Mexico this week.

Following President Donald Trump’s initial attack on NFL players who protest — in which he referred to them as “sons of bitches” — kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner became increasingly common throughout the league. Since the culture war has died down in recent weeks, only a handful of players are still taking part in this protest started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — Lynch being one of them.

The Oakland Raiders running back’s habit of sitting for the national anthem has caused his team to come up with creative ways to downplay the controversy, as members of the organization were spotted surrounding Lynch to physically cover him up during a game in early October. This attempt appeared to be part of the team’s effort to focus on playing football, rather than be tied-into culture wars — a move that clearly has not worked.

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