While NFL player protests have largely faded from the headlines, certain players continue to kneel or sit during the national anthem. Now one of them has again drawn the attention of President Donald Trump.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch caught the president's eye after he sat for the U.S. national anthem but stood for the Mexican anthem during a Nov. 19 match-up against the New England Patriots in Mexico City (video below). Lynch has sat during the anthem before every game this season, according to ESPN.
One day after the game, Trump aimed an early morning tweet at Lynch, saying the NFL should suspend him as punishment.
"Marshawn Lynch of the NFL's Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem," Trump tweeted. "Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down."
Lynch, who won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, has not responded to the president's tweet and is unlikely to do so, considering his well-recorded aversion to public statements.
Calling for player suspensions and going after the NFL's ratings are nothing new for Trump, who during a September rally, he called for NFL owners to fire protesting players and for fans to boycott the league until all players stand for the national anthem.
Trump's comments inspired a wave of protest across the NFL which has since faded to a few committed players.
Seven NFL players, including Lynch, sat, knelt or stayed in the locker room during the national anthem during week 11 of the NFL season, according to ESPN. Three additional players raised their fists in the air while standing for the anthem and a handful of others linked arms in support.
A similar incident occurred in England in the middle of the NFL-wide protests. The weekend after Trump's comments in September, the Jacksonville Jaguars played the Baltimore Ravens in London. Several players from both teams knelt during the U.S. anthem but rose for "God Save the Queen," according to The Washington Post.
Jaguars team president Mark Lamping later wrote a letter to Jacksonville and military officials apologizing for the team's decision.
"It bears repeating that we were remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration occurring on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country," he wrote. "Similarly, we today can better appreciate how standing for God Save The Queen may have been viewed negatively by our armed forces here in Jacksonville and beyond."
Trump made no comments specifically about Jaguars players at the time.