SEATTLE (CBS) — Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane opted to sit during the national anthem before Seattle’s game against the Oakland Raiders Thursday night. The decision follows that of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sat out the national anthem last week as a protest for the treatment of minorities in America.
Kaepernick — whose decision subjected him to a wave of criticism from fans, other players, and reportedly NFL owners — again took a knee during the anthem Thursday, before San Francisco’s game against the San Diego Chargers. This time, he was joined by fellow 49ers player Eric Reid.
After Seattle’s win, Lane told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times that he has no relationship with Kaepernick, but wanted to show his support. He told Condotta he plans to continue to sit out.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Lane’s decision was an individual one, but added “we support our guys.”
“I’m proud of the progress we’re making in the discussion,” he said.
“I think that’s something that’s hard for people to address,” Kaepernick said of the criticism he’s received. “Is what the real issues are.”
Kaepernick added that he’s going to make an effort to be more involved in the communities he’s supporting in his protest — including donating his first $1 million earned this year to charity.