Colin Kaepernick’s protest of racial injustice inspired his teammate, Eric Reid, to kneel during the national anthem before the 49ers’ preseason game against the Chargers. Meanwhile, in Oakland, Kaepernick’s protest may have also inspired a Seahawks cornerback.
Jeremy Lane did not stand for the national anthem, according to multiple reporters.
The movement that Lane has presumably joined has been met with a wide range of reactions. Many veterans have voiced support for Kaepernick, while an anonymous NFL general manager reportedly called the 49ers’ quarterback “a traitor.” After Kaepernick held a players-only meeting, many of his teammates expressed their support for Kaepernick. All of that made Thursday’s national anthem in San Diego a widely watched moment.
Reid ended up joining Kaepernick by taking a knee.
Lane — away from the cameras, which were centered on Kaepernick in southern California — stayed seated on the bench. According to The Seattle Times, Lane was the only Seahawk who remained seated.
As Kaepernick explained earlier this week, he intends to continue his protest until he sees meaningful change.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane pulls a Kaepernick, sits for national anthem