Trump: NFL should suspend ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch laughs in a drill during an NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says the NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

Lynch sat during most of the U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before Sunday's game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Lynch hasn't stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.

Trump tweeted early Monday: "Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down."

Many players have sat or kneeled during the national anthem this season after former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so last season to protest racism. Lynch has not explained why he is sitting, according to ESPN.

On Twitter and at rallies, Trump has repeatedly demanded that players be benched or fired for failing to show respect for the flag.

Team owners have struggled to rein in the demonstrations after many fans expressed outrage over them and threatened boycotts, but players maintain that they are just exercising their rights.

Lynch was a member of the Seattle Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. After initially retiring after the 2015 season, Lynch applied for reinstatement and was traded to the Raiders in April 2017.

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