KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TNS) — Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters is ready for a sitdown with President Donald Trump, it appears.
On Monday, Trump tweeted about Peters’ mentor, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, writing that Lynch should be suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season because he stood for the Mexican national anthem and sat down “to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect!”
Peters responded to Trump’s tweet, writing, “Was going on big dog I know we got a lot that needs to be talk about how about we set up a (sit) down with you,me,@MoneyLynch and more and we talk about some (stuff).”
In another tweet, Peters added: “Not being disrespectful just wanna talk.”
Peters has been the most consistent protestor on the Chiefs. He has never explicitly stated the reasons he’s chosen to sit during the anthem, though he’s confirmed he stands with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started kneeling during the anthem last year to protest racial inequality and social injustice.
Peters’ father, Michael, told The Star in October that he believes his son is protesting for the same reasons.
For the last three games, Peters has not been present on the sidelines during the anthem and has run on the field after. The Chiefs have not had a player sit during the anthem over the course of that period.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he has made it clear to players that the organization’s preference is for players to stand. Hunt said he has spoken to Peters and other players about it, though Hunt refused to provide a specific time frame for when those talks occurred.
Kansas City Chiefs President and CEO Clark Hunt met briefly with reporters before the game in Dallas against the Cowboys and answered a wide range of team-related news. In those comments, Hunt said his preference was for players to stand during the anthem.