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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) on the field, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Raiders star Marshawn Lynch sat for the anthem, then stood for Mexico's version


National Football League star Marshawn Lynch on Sunday sat during America’s national anthem before standing for Mexico’s version.

Lynch’s actions continued his ongoing protest during the U.S. anthem this NFL season.

ESPN reported that Lynch initially stood for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s game in Mexico City before sitting “a few bars in.”

Lynch, who currently plays as a running back for the Oakland Raiders, then stood “for the duration of the Mexican national anthem.”

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The Raiders lost to the New England Patriots during Sunday’s game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, falling to the other NFL franchise 8-33.

Lynch has remained seated for the U.S. anthem all season, and the football player has not yet explained the reason for his protest as he typically prefers avoiding the media.

The athlete did, however, wear a shirt reading “Everybody vs. Trump” before a Week 4 game in October in an apparent reference to President Trump.

Scores of NFL employees have knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” this year after Trump derided the practice.

Trump said during a rally in September that the NFL should fire employees who perform the move, and he has since repeatedly cast it as unpatriotic.

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He called Lynch's actions on Sunday "great disrespect" and said the Raiders star should be suspended for the remainder of the season.

Lynch was temporarily absent from the NFL last year when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during America’s national anthem.

Kaepernick began demonstrating during the song as a protect against America’s racial injustice and police brutality.

The athlete remains unsigned by a NFL team since leaving San Francisco last March, and he has since filed a grievance against franchise owners for colluding to blacklist him from the league.

The NFL’s recurring anthem protests this year have also split the leagues fans, with some arguing it is a valid expression of free speech and others charging it disrespects the military.

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