Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch may not have started the national anthem protest craze, but he has certainly embraced it wholeheartedly.
He has been kneeling or otherwise electing not to participate during “The Star-Spangled Banner” all season — and Sunday’s game in Mexico City, where the Raiders played the New England Patriots, was no exception.
But when the Mexican national anthem began to play, people noticed that Lynch took a different approach:
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
Mexican national anthem being sung on field at Estadio Azteca. And throughout the crowd. Marshawn Lynch rose for it. pic.twitter.com/Pz4GoEfyuw
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 19, 2017
Marshawn Lynch sat for the United States' national anthem but stood for Mexico's https://t.co/jEcoE0jbNU
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 19, 2017
After seeing that, people started to suggest that the team simply leave Lynch in Mexico after the game:
Let him stay there then and see how much better Mexico is. People are so naive nowadays.
— Robbie Farris (@robbie_farris7) November 19, 2017
So we can leave him on the other side of the wall?
— Chappy (@lachapellerj) November 19, 2017
Everyone knows that there is no police brutality or racial inequality in Mexico.
— Carter (@piker96) November 19, 2017