Trump didn't waste an opportunity to bash yet another NFL player, this time, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for sitting during the majority of the time during the playing of the U.S.national anthem, "Star-Spangled Banner" and rising during the Mexican national anthem at a game before Raiders lost to the New England Patriots, in Mexico city's Azteca stadium Sunday.
"Marshawn Lynch of the NFL's Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down."
NFL communications vice presidents Joe Lockhart and Mike Signora said that even though the season's ratings were on a decline, the Mexico games "overwhelming successes for us on every metric for which we measure," Lockhart said.
Linda Del Rio, the wife of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, also responded to Trump's gnarly remarks saying she regrets voting for the Apprentice star.
"President Trump I voted for you, which I now regret. Football is a powerful platform -here's the charitable work we did in Mexico City #NFLproud," she tweeted.
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez noted that Lynch rose at the beginning of the U.S. national anthem after which he sat down and rose again for Mexico's anthem.
"Lynch was actually standing during the first few bars of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday before taking a seat. And while he stood for the Mexican anthem, he was not completely at attention," Gutierrez wrote.
The Mayor of the city of Oakland Libby Schaaf came to Lynch's defense by posting this tweet: "#Oakland loves our own @MoneyLynch. Let’s suspend @realDonaldTrump instead"
This isn't the first time that Lynch has sat on the bench.
According to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, "[Lynch] said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself,'" Del Rio said.
"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, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me," the Rolling Stone reported.
However, some sources have refuted Lynch's claims saying they had not seen Lynch sit during games in the past.
Sports website, Deadspin, also stated, it appeared as though Lynch was getting his equipment strapped on during it (the anthem).
Lynch has also expressed strong support for the 29-year-old quarterback, Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protest that garnered national headlines for kneeling during the U.S. national anthem during the 2016 season.
In a conversation with Conan O'Brien, Lynch said, "My take on it is shit has to start somewhere."
"If that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes to see that there's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop. If you're really not racist then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America but just addressing a problem that we have," he added.
The player has not given a reason for why he sat during the U.S. anthem, but has also not shied away from showing his disdain for Trump, Lynch was seen wearing an "Everybody vs. Trump" shirt earlier during the season.
On Sept.22, during a speech, Trump announced NFL players who refuse to stand up during the national anthem should be fired.