I have no problem with athletes who do not stand during the National Anthem as a way of protest. However, when you choose to sit while it is played and then stand for the Mexican anthem, you are simply seeking to draw attention to yourself.
Marshawn Lynch has gone to great lengths to create an image he tries to profit from. It is one that needs the very discord that rips this nation so he can continue to portray himself as a revolutionary fighting for the black cause.
The only cause Marshawn Lynch has is Marshawn Lynch. He wore his welcome out in Buffalo and when Pete Carroll felt he had a player to replace his production in Seattle, it was time for him to retire.
Lynch has done nothing to improve the Oakland Raiders this year. The record speaks for itself. He returned not because he loves football or the city of Oakland, but because he realized his brand does better when he is paying ball, getting booted from ball games, or drawing attention for stunts like Sunday. Without the game, he and his brand are nothing and his wallet is much thinner.
Marshawn Lynch loves titles, just not the kind that takes a team to win. He wants the title of leader without the expectation of leading. He has no trouble looking a coaching staff or owner in the eyes and telling them what they want to hear and then turning around and doing his own thing. He is the first to point fingers at what others have done, insists an outcome would have been better if the team relied on him more, and then lets the team down with a stupid stunt or one of his pissy sulking mood swings.
Lynch has no problem creating controversy or profiting off of it, but he is like a certain guy who sits in the Oval Office and comes up short of offering any clear path toward healing or the creation of a stronger, healthier community.
In short, Marshawn Lynch is more like Donald Trump than he is a Muhammad Ali or Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Top photo is a YouTube screenshot of Marshawn Lynch sitting for National Anthem in Mexico City
Jim is a life long resident of California and retired school teacher with 30 years in public education. Jim earned his BA in History from CSU Chico in 1981 and his MA in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1994. He is also the author of Teaching The Teacher: Lessons Learned From Teaching. Jim considers himself an equal opportunity pain in the ass to any political party, group, or individual who looks to profit off of hypocrisy. When he is not pointing out the conflicting words and actions of our leaders, the NFL commissioner, or humans in general, he can be found riding his bike for hours on end while pondering his next article. Jim recently moved to Camarillo, CA after being convinced to join the witness protection program.