The NFL anthem protests enter their third season. And, Oakland Raiders halfback Marshawn Lynch is already showing his intention to participate. The outspoken running back sat on the bench during the national anthem Friday in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
Marshawn Lynch takes seat before national anthem begins. His same approach as last season. pic.twitter.com/vzaDDQW2hg
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 11, 2018
Last season, Lynch caught the attention of the president while taking on the Patriots last season in Mexico City. That’s because he would choose to sit for the Star-Spangled Banner, but stand for the Mexican anthem. He would then tweet about that, of course.
“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.”
It appears the protests will be an ongoing story in the NFL this year even after the league attempted to quash it with new policies. It will be interesting to see how politics takes away or adds to the drama of the season. So far, players have kept at it. So far, multiple players have kept at it. Malcolm Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Leonard Fournette are just a few others.
It’s not going to stop.