Trump Tweets for NFL to Suspend Marshawn Lynch — Oakland’s Mayor Claps Back

City Council Members, including Jumaane Williams (center right) and Melissa Mark-Viverto (center left) 'take a knee' on the steps of City Hall in reaction to President Donald Trump's condemnation of NFL players who do the same in September 27, 2017. The Council members spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.

New York City Council members, including Jumaane Williams (center right) and Melissa Mark-Viverito (center left), 'take a knee' on the steps of City Hall in reaction to President Trump's condemnation of NFL players who do the same on Sept. 27, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In an early morning tweet, President Trump took aim at another U.S. athlete, calling on the NFL to suspend Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

Before Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City, Lynch sat during most of the U.S. national anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem. Trump tweeted, “Great disrespect! Next time the NFL should suspend him for the remainder of the season.”

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

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.

Lynch is among many players who have taken a knee, sat or raised a fist during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. He has not stood for the anthem since returning from his retirement season.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf quickly fired back at the commander-in-chief: “Let’s suspend @realDonaldTrump instead.”

Libby Schaaf on Twitter

Oakland loves our own @MoneyLynch. Let’s suspend @realDonaldTrump instead.

Lynch’s mother, Delisa Lynch, also lobbed a tweet Trump’s way asking what NFL team he owns. “Oh yeah, they wouldn’t let him have one.”

Delisa Lynch on Twitter

what NFL team do Trump own ? oh yeah they wouldnt let him have one ,!! LMAO https://t.co/1rPa5jfMjE

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement last season of taking a knee during the anthem.

Since leaving the 49ers, Kaepernick has not been offered another NFL  contract.

Trump has tweeted dozens of times against the mostly African-American players engaging in the protest.

“He has been targeting athletes largely from regions where he has no hope of winning the electoral vote,” said Daniel Durbin, director of the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media & Society.

“It makes it easy to use them as whipping posts — in order to try and foment interest and support from people who are not from those regions of the country,” he said.

Over the weekend Trump called out three UCLA basketball players, saying he should have left them in jail in China after they were caught shoplifting in Hangzhou. Trump helped arrange their release, but said in a Sunday tweet that the father of player LiAngelo Ball was “unaccepting” of his efforts.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that Trump was just being rhetorical when he said he should have left the players in a Chinese jail.

Durbin said Trump is adept at using his Twitter account “to disrupt conversation and direct it in ways that benefit him.” Since he’s the president of the United States, Durbin says, the press is forced to cover his constant tweets.

Earlier this year, Trump called on the NFL to fire all players who kneel during the anthem.

To date, the NFL has said it will not force players to stand for the anthem.

Neither the NFL nor the players union responded to requests for comment on Trump’s latest tweet against Lynch.

Trump Tweets for NFL to Suspend Marshawn Lynch — Oakland’s Mayor Claps Back 21 November,2017Tara Siler

  • NewRep

    The US is so bad, why did not Lynch move to CA or Mex? His action says the Mex treat the blacks better than the whites in the US.

  • NewRep

    BTW, the Oakland mayer wanted people to host the homeless, shouldn’t she and Marshawn Lynch show their hearts to the homeless first?

  • Curious

    Marshawn and his supporters are spectacularly ignorant.

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Tara Siler

Tara reports and sometimes anchors for KQED news. She covers a range of issues from community-police relations to local politics. Tara started out in community radio in the Bay Area, where she was raised. She eventually moved to Washington DC where she covered Congress for eight years for Pacifica and Monitor Radio. Her stories have also been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and The World.

Tara lives with her husband in Oakland– where they raised their two sons. She enjoys spending time with her large family, gardening and hiking in the Oakland hills with her dog.

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