Former NFL running back Herschel Walker responded this morning to the latest national anthem protests by NFL players.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch drew the ire of fans and President Trump by sitting out the "Star-Spangled Banner" before Sunday's game in Mexico City, but standing for the host country's anthem.
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
Walker said he's "insulted" by the anthem protests, believing Lynch is "taking this as a joke." The former Dallas Cowboy and Minnesota Viking faulted commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to take a stand when the protests started.
"I said guys should be suspended at the beginning. I don't care what people say. The national anthem is the United States of America. ... You never protest that," the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner said
He also called on people - even those who disagree with the president - to "respect the White House," pushing back against accusations of racism against President Trump.
"He is a good man. They need to give him a chance," Walker said, explaining he has known Trump since 1982 when he entered the USFL as a member of the New Jersey Generals, owned by Trump for a few years.
Other players, including Olivier Vernon of the Giants, also knelt or sat for the anthem on Sunday. The Dolphins' Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas took a knee before their game against Tampa Bay. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel until the anthem ended.
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Watch the full interview above