MARSHAWN LYNCH SITS FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM, STANDS FOR MEXICAN ANTHEM
Lynch rarely speaks to the media, and even more rarely in any depth, so it’s unlikely he’ll explain his actions. But the likely rationale is that if one is protesting racial conditions in America, there’s no need to protest during Mexico’s anthem.
Protesting during the anthem is a particularly provocative act on foreign soil. The Jacksonville Jaguars took heat for their protest in London earlier this season. The team knelt during the national anthem — an act that was at least as much a response to President Donald Trump as an independent protest — but stood for “God Save the Queen.” That protest, which drew criticism as being disrespectful to the flag and the military while abroad, forced the Jaguars to apologize to local military officials.