Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch protested the National Anthem Sunday before their game against the New England Patriots in Mexico. Lynch sat for the Star Spangled Banner, but stood for the Mexican national anthem. What was his point? Did Lynch think Mexico had a better human rights record than America? Was Mexico a better place to live vis-a-vis the U.S.? Regardless, the gesture was bound to draw media attention. It also got President Trump’s dander up.
Trump took to Twitter to acknowledge Lynch’s disrespect and recommended Lynch be suspended for the rest of the year:
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
The president attempted to make a connection between players kneeling for the anthem and dismal NFL ratings. The ratings have been down for years. First of all, the league is putting out an inferior product compared to years past. Secondly, fans know the owners and the NFL do not care about die hard fans. They only care about money. The Shock Exchange has been a die hard Redskins fan for decades. The ‘Skins haven’t put out a quality product in year; however, the Shock Exchange constantly hears about how much the owner is worth and how much money the league makes each year.
The owners are more into stadium deals and team market value. San Diego left for L.A. and Oakland will soon leave for Vegas. Meanwhile, the fan bases – who have supported these teams for years – get left high and dry. The NFL is down and it should be. They have traded in fan loyalty for TV contracts with ESPN, Fox, and CBS. They have also turned a blind eye to the murders of unarmed black men by police right in the cities they make money in. The league has ignored the fans and they must pay a price.
What’s Up With Beast Mode?
In September President Trump was stumping for a local politician in Alabama when he suggested NFL players should be fired for disrespecting the flag. The president can’t grow the economy so he needs a diversion. The Shock Exchange gets that, and so does Lynch. Marshawn had to have known he would draw the president’s ire. Colin Kaepernick first kneeled to bring attention to police bring and inequality in America. Is Lynch’s act an attempt to bring attention to injustices in America, troll Trump or bring attention to himself? The Raiders got smoked 33-8 and Lynch had only 67 yards on 11 carries — another subpar performance for Beast Mode.
Lynch returned to the Raiders after a one year retirement. His goal was to bring a chip to his home town Oakland. However, the Raiders are 4-6 and a major disappointment. With more than 60% of the season in the books Lynch has 97 carries for 390 yards and four touchdowns. At this pace the Raiders could miss the playoffs and Lynch could fall shy of 1,000 rushing yards. The NFL affords these young men a huge platform, and they are using it for a good cause. However, Beast Mode must first do his day job if he wants to keep that platform.
Trump And The Global Economy
The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.
The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership vis-a-vis Obama? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?