Seahawks Jeremy Lane joins Kaepernick in anthem protest

Colin Kaepernick seems to be receiving more support, and in the unlikeliest of places.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem of his final preseason game, against the Raiders, one football week after the 49ers quarterback sparked national intrigue by doing the same thing.

This story has been updated with quotes and post-game material from the Raiders locker room at the Oakland Coliseum.

Lane said:

“I thought about it for a week or so. I just think it’s okay for me to do it. … I think I plan to keep doing it. Until I feel like justice has been served.”

While Kaepernick was joined by teammate Eric Reid, and stood alongside former Green Beret and Seahawks long snapper Nate Boyer, Lane was on his own, though cornerback Richard Sherman came over after the anthem to talk with him.

And Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll didn’t necessarily run towards his player’s side when asked about it during the postgame press conference:

“It’s totally an individual decision. This is a very interesting issue that we’re dealing with right now. The team has been working at it. We’re in the process of communicating about what’s up right now. That was an individual thing. But I’m really proud of the progress we’re making in conversation and I look forward to continuing with our guys.”

Lane knows he might be put on the outs with his decision, which is what a report from this week suggested is happening with Kaepernick, but he said that’s fine with him:

“I mean, it doesn’t bother me at all. Like I said, I’m just standing Kaepernick.”


Jason Leskiw is SFBay’s Oakland Raiders beat writer and member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @SFBay and @LeskiwSFBay on Twitter and at SFBay.ca for full coverage of Raiders football.