Oakland Raiders star Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem

The 32-year-old sat on the team bench during his first preseason game against the Detroit Lions, only hours after Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of all the players who knelt during Thursday's games.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat down during the national anthem in a game on Friday, joining the large number of NFL players who were clearly out of step with Trump's chatter about his disdain for the protest.

The 32-year-old sat on the team bench during his first preseason game against the Detroit Lions, just hours after Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval to all the players who knelt during Thursday's games.

He was the only player on his team who did it while the Lions stayed in line with their arms linked.

The 32-year-old sat on the team bench during his first preseason game against the Detroit Lions, only hours after Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of all the players who knelt during Thursday's games.

The 32-year-old sat on the team bench during his first preseason game against the Detroit Lions, only hours after Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of all the players who knelt during Thursday's games.

He was the only player on his team who did it while the Lions stayed in line with their arms linked

He was the only player on his team who did it while the Lions stayed in line with their arms linked

He was the only player on his team who did it while the Lions stayed in line with their arms linked

Lynch had also sat down last season, standing out especially during the Mexican anthem in Mexico City last year. Donald Trump demanded, then, that he be suspended from the rest of his games that season.

The president undid the kneeling NFL players in a tweet on Friday that recharged his fight against professional athletes who demonstrated during the national anthem.

Trump said in a tweet that the players were outraged by something that "most of them can not define" in an ironic declaration that minimized their declared cause of police brutality and equality for African-Americans.

Trump said in a tweet that the players were outraged by something "most of them can not define" in a statement that downplayed their stated cause of police brutality and equality for African-Americans.

Trump said in a tweet that the players were outraged by something "most of them can not define" in a statement that downplayed their stated cause of police brutality and equality for African-Americans.

Trump said in a tweet that the players were outraged by something "most of them can not define" in a statement that downplayed their stated cause of police brutality and equality for African-Americans.

He ridiculed the NFL players who protested on Thursday during the preseason games and said, "Be happy, be great!"

& # 39; Find another way to protest. Be proud of your national anthem or be suspended without pay! he said.

A total of 15 players from five teams, the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens, demonstrated during the game The Star-Spangled Banner.

President Donald Trump knelt down to kneel NFL players in a tweet on Friday that reloaded his fight against professional athletes who demonstrated during the national anthem

President Donald Trump knelt down to kneel NFL players in a tweet on Friday that reloaded his fight against professional athletes who demonstrated during the national anthem

President Donald Trump knelt down to kneel NFL players in a tweet on Friday that reloaded his fight against professional athletes who demonstrated during the national anthem

He ridiculed the NFL players who protested on Thursday during the preseason games and said, "Be happy, be great!"

He ridiculed the NFL players who protested on Thursday during the preseason games and said, "Be happy, be great!"

He ridiculed the NFL players who protested on Thursday during the preseason games and said, "Be happy, be great!"

Miami Dolphins critics Kenny Stills (left) and Albert Wilson (right) knelt during a preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens

Also in Miami: Robert Quinn, defender of the Dolphins, also raised his fist during the anthem while shaking his head

In Philadelphia: Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles also raised his fist during the anthem, while his partner Chris Long placed his arm on his shoulder. From Vante Bausby (not in the photo) he also raised his fist

In Seattle: players of the Indianapolis Colts joined their arms during the national anthem before a game against the Seattle Seahawks

In Baltimore: members of the Los Angeles Rams did not join as the national anthem played before their preseason game with the Baltimore Ravens

Two players knelt, three raised their fists, eight walked from the field or stayed in the locker room, one placed his arm on the shoulder of a teammate and another stood with his back.

Trump rebuked them for their behavior in Friday morning's messages that indicated he is also prepared to make the protests a one-season affair.

"The NFL players are back in action, taking a knee when they should be proud of the National Anthem." Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" over something that most of them can not define. doing what they love, "said the first message.

A follow-up tweet told the players, "Be happy, be great!" A football game, which fans are paying a lot of money to see and enjoy, is not a place to protest.

"Most of that money goes to the players anyway, find another way to protest, be proud of your national anthem or be suspended without pay!

The NFL protests have provoked the ire of President Trump, who said last month that players who kneel more than once should be expelled from the season.

"The first time kneeling, offside, kneeling again, out of season / without pay!" He said in a July 20 message.

The league and the players union have yet to announce a seasonal policy to kneel after the league backed down on an order that players must stand firm during The Star-Spangled Banner game or remain in the locker room.

Players and teams that refused to comply with the new rules observed heavy fines.

Trump lashed out at the $ 40,000,000 commissioner & # 39; NFL Roger Goodell for not stopping the movement in his July tweet, which came a day after the NFL said he was indefinitely suspending the rules of the anthem.

"The National NFL Debate of the NFL is alive and well again, I can not believe it! Is it not in the contract that players must stand their ground, with their hearts in their hands? Trump said. The Commissioner of $ 40,000,000 must now make a position. First time kneeling, out of play. Again kneeling, out of season / without pay!

On Thursday in Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De & # 39; Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins' shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December.

Defensive end Michael Bennett came out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked to the bench while playing.

Dolphins critics Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the anthem, while defensive end Robert Quinn mounted a separate protest by raising his right fist and shaking his head.

Meanwhile, Seahawks defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson joined offensive lineman Duane Brown to leave the field after the team presentations and before the start of the anthem. They returned when everything was over.

The three were among a group of Seattle players who sat during the anthem last season.

Brown and Jefferson said they intend to continue the entire season. Coach Pete Carroll said the team discussed the issue and decided to support individual decisions.

He said he did not think there had been much progress in the demonstrations last season.

Quinton Jefferson

Quinton Jefferson

Branden Jackson

Branden Jackson

In Seattle: Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson were two of the Seattle Seahawks players who waited in the tunnel until the national anthem ended on Thursday before their preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (they were portrayed last season)

Also in Seattle: Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown also joined the protest. The NFL said recently that it would fine players who knelt during the anthem but allowed them to wait in the locker room. That decision is now being reconsidered

Also in Seattle: Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown also joined the protest. The NFL said recently that it would fine players who knelt during the anthem but allowed them to wait in the locker room. That decision is now being reconsidered

Also in Seattle: Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown also joined the protest. The NFL said recently that it would fine players who knelt during the anthem but allowed them to wait in the locker room. That decision is now being reconsidered

In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they were not out.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Telvin Smith, and runners Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon joined his teammates after the anthem.

"As a man, I have certain beliefs," said Smith, who was wearing "Salute the Service" tacos. & # 39; Do you know what I mean? This is not going to become a distraction, and Jacksonville will not become a distraction for this team. I have beliefs. I did what I did.

He said: "I do not know if it will be every week, I can not answer if it will be every week."

"But as a man I have to represent something, I love my team, I'm dedicated to my teammates, and that's what we're talking about," said Smith. I did what I did. It was love. I hope that people see it and respect it. I respect the views.

In Baltimore, both teams stood up. While most of the Ravens lined up side by side on the sideline, however, second-year linebacker Tim Williams stood alone in front of the bench with his back to the field.

Florida: Jalen Ramsey, cornerback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, stayed in the locker room during the anthem along with linebacker Telvin Smith

Florida: Jalen Ramsey, cornerback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, stayed in the locker room during the anthem along with linebacker Telvin Smith

Florida: Jalen Ramsey, cornerback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, stayed in the locker room during the anthem along with linebacker Telvin Smith

Protests in Jacksonville: Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, also of the Jaguars, stayed in the locker room before leaving after the anthem was over

Protests in Jacksonville: Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, also of the Jaguars, stayed in the locker room before leaving after the anthem was over

Protests in Jacksonville: Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, also of the Jaguars, stayed in the locker room before leaving after the anthem was over

All the players of both teams in New England seemed to represent the national anthem, with some bowing their heads and others putting their hands in their hearts.

The Patriots observed a moment of silence before Weymouth, Massachusetts, police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of duty.

Kicking protests have been a big problem for the Dolphins in particular, with Stills performing one in most of the team's games over the past two years.

The star initially had the support of the owner of the Dolphins, Stephen Ross, but Ross then retracted and said he wanted the players to stand up.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase told reporters this week he had not given any advice to players trying to kneel, and told reporters: "I'm not instructing anyone for anything."

Maryland Protest: Tim Williams of Baltimore Ravens stood out from his team lineup by turning his back on the field during The Star-Spangled Banner. He was seen before the protest

Maryland Protest: Tim Williams of Baltimore Ravens stood out from his team lineup by turning his back on the field during The Star-Spangled Banner. He was seen before the protest

Maryland Protest: Tim Williams of Baltimore Ravens stood out from his team lineup by turning his back on the field during The Star-Spangled Banner. He was seen before the protest

Wilson will enter his first season with the Dolphins, but he knelt at least once last year playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Miami Herald reported.

The kneeling protests were inspired by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick almost two years ago as a demonstration against racial injustice.

Kaepernick praised Stills and Wilson for kneeling, tweeting Thursday night: "My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression by taking a knee tonight." Albert Wilson @ iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. !

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