NFL is dead in red states as anthem protests hurt football

Penn was giving back and also giving a piece of his mind, calling out President Trump for urging the National Football League to suspend Marshawn Lynch.

Mr. Trump was quick to blast Lynch on Twitter, calling it "great disrespect!"

But Sunday was different, because the game was being played in Mexico City - and he stood for the Mexican national anthem. "Great disrespect!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

"I respect people that do what they believe with conviction", Allen said when asked about Lynch's national anthem demonstration in Mexico. "Attendance and ratings way down", Trump concluded.

Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf quickly fired back at the Commander in Chief, "Let's suspend @realDonaldTrump instead".

Lynch initially sat for the anthem in his first preseason game back since coming out of retirement.

Fellow NFL player Colin Kaepernick started the practice past year, as a means of protesting police treatment of black Americans.

Because this isn't a protest of anthems or nations, it's a protest against inequality.

But one of the player's fathers, the infamous LaVar Ball, said over the weekend that Trump didn't help the arrested players.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that Trump was just being rhetorical when he said he should have left the players in a Chinese jail.

Monday morning, Lynch retweeted her original tweet with the caption, what's "wrong with following the leader?"

What infuriated Trump even more was the fact that Lynch sat during the national anthem, but then stood up for the playing of the Mexican national anthem.

Vanessa Coleman