What This NFL Player Did In Mexico City Is Sparking Outrage

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Oakland Raiders running back, Marshawn Lynch | Photo credit Bleacher Report

Why, if an NFL player wanted to protest injustice, would he stand for Mexico’s national anthem?

On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots played a game at Azteca stadium in Mexico City. Raiders running back, Marshawn Lynch, made a spectacle of himself by sitting for America’s national anthem. Even worse, he stood at attention when the Mexican national anthem was played.

His disgusting display of anti-Americanism was nothing, if not ironic. In June, the murder rate in Mexico City reached a high not seen in twenty years. According to The Guardian, statistics showed that 2,186 murders were committed in May. That number was surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011.

Just outside Mexico City, the heroin industry is booming. Drug cartels murder indiscriminately. Murders are some common every day; the local morgue can’t handle the bodies. Poverty, although down slightly, is still affecting 44% of the country. 17% of Mexican citizens, cannot afford to buy food.

Hardly a picture of “justice” and “equality,” is it?

Un-American Conduct

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Marshawn Lynh stays seated for America’s national anthem in Mexico. | Photo credit Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Lynch has not stood for the national anthem, since coming out of retirement this season. Colin Kaepernick started the protests of NFL players kneeling for the Star-Spangled Banner, in 2016. Kaepernick claimed he wanted to draw attention to the inequality and police brutality he saw as prevalent in American communities.

However, the protests sparked outrage among most football fans. As a result, NFL ratings have dropped each week steadily. Fewer players are kneeling for the national anthem, five this week, but the damage to the league is clear. Raiders coach, Jack Del Rio, has spoken to Lynch about the protests.

“He [Marshawn] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’ I said, ‘So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I’m going to respect you as a man; you do your thing. We’ll do ours. It’s a non-issue for me,” said Del Rio.