Linda Del Rio, the wife of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, said she regretted voting for President Trump after he attacked the team’s star player Marshawn Lynch on Twitter.
“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
The tweet came hours after the president called for the suspension of Lynch, who sat for the U.S. national anthem and stood during the Mexican national anthem before the team’s loss to the New England Patriots in Mexico City on Sunday.
“President Trump I voted for you, which I now regret,” Del Rio tweeted on Monday. “Football is a powerful platform -here’s the charitable work we did in Mexico City.”
Del Rio also replied to Trump’s tweet attacking Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch: “Take more time being President of the United States and less time trying to shame.”
Del Rio made her Twitter account private shortly after posting the tweets.
Following the president’s remarks, Lynch’s mother, Delisa, fired back at Trump: “what NFL team do Trump own? oh yeah they wouldnt let him have one,!! LMAO”
what NFL team do Trump own ? oh yeah they wouldnt let him have one ,!! LMAO https://t.co/1rPa5jfMjE
— Delisa Lynch (@MommaLynch24) November 20, 2017
Civil libertarians, racial justice advocates, and NFL players from across the league expressed outrage in September after Trump called on NFL owners to “Get that son of a bitch off the field” if they were to protest racial injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
During a campaign-style rally in Alabama, Trump told the crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now?'”
The remark appeared to be a veiled reference directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during pre-game National Anthems in protest of police killings of unarmed black men last year.
This is the President of the United States referring to an American who has exercised his right to protest racial injustice. https://t.co/Tb764vWjuT
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 23, 2017