Jeremy Lane on sitting for national anthem: “I’m just standing behind Kaepernick”

AP

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane elected to sit during the national anthem prior to Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders.

Lane said it was a decision he had mulled over for the last week and was something he elected to do on his own. He said he wanted to show support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has made similar gestures as a sign of protest through the preseason.

I wasn’t trying to say anything, just standing behind Kaepernick,” Lane said after the game, via Gregg Bell of the News Tribune.

Lane has seen some of the backlash thrown at Kaepernick over the last week and understands that he could very likely receive similar criticism for his decision to sit Thursday night.

“Yeah, I am prepared for it,” Lane said. “I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody but I’m just standing behind what I believe in.”

Lane said he doesn’t have a relationship with Kaepernick but likes what he is doing and wanted to stand behind him. When asked if there was any greater intent to his decision to sit, Lane said it was more a matter of supporting Kaepernick.

“It’s something I plan to keep on doing until I feel justice is being served,” Lane said.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said his team has had discussions surrounding the topic with the players. He said that while Lane’s choice was an individual one, that the team has supported the individuals that make up their roster.

“Very interesting issues that we’re dealing with right now,” Carroll said. “Our team has been working at it and we’ve been in the process of communicating about a lot of stuff right now. That was an individual thing, but I’m really proud of the progress that we’re making in the conversation and I look forward to continue it with our guys. It’s really important to us to understand and to be smart about what we’re doing and how we handle out business. We have a great group of guys that lead this team and they’re going to help us as we move forward. I’m very much in support of them and how we handle it. This was an individual statement tonight.”

“The individuals in this program have always been very crucial to us and recognizing them. This is another time. We support our guys.”

41 responses to “Jeremy Lane on sitting for national anthem: “I’m just standing behind Kaepernick”

  1. Black cop shoots black criminal in town where the mayor, attorney general, chief of police and most of the police force and elected officials are black and blacks cry “racism”, burn black businesses and attack white people all the time that 90% of black people killed are killed by other black people and in a country where the black President was elected by white people. Special kind of dumb these people and players are.

  2. By the way, there are a lot more staggering statistics that clearly illustrate this a cultural issue within the black community and has nothing to do with white people at this point in time, like 70% single fatherhood and a 58% dropout rate from high school, whith 10% of the population commiting over 50% of the murders and while many more white people are shot and killed by police officers in any given year and blacks are far more prone to attacking white people all while in the last 7 years under Obama there are millions more black people under the poverty level, homeless and on welfare but its all white people’s fault. SMH, dumb as rocks. Dumb as rocks.

  3. Wowww these teams and the league better nip this little issue in the bud real quick with some sort of punishment, fine or cut. because the more of these morons that follow this trend, the more people like me are going to quit watching and supporting the product

  4. Look, say what you want about the validity (or lack of) of the motivations behind the decisions to sit or stand, but when Kaepernick becomes an inspiration, this speaks volumes about how much things are going in the wrong direction. We are on a free fall

  5. Right on Jeremy Lane! Eric Reid kneeled with Kaep tonight. Here’s to more joining in!

    Remember, the whole world could say you’re wrong, but at the end of the day a man has to stand in his own integrity towards himself. It’s called “self esteem”, not ‘others esteem’.

  6. As a Seahawks fan, I wholeheartedly support cutting his a$$. Unfortunately we won’t, Carrol is a touchy feely liberal of all the things I love about the guy, that’s what drives me nuts. Lane is a good player, but if it’s my choice he’s gone. I get the whole freedom of speech thing, but that’s the whole oxymoron because you live here and not Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, or North Korea we have the right to do what they do having said that, freedom of speech only means the government can’t take it away, it doesn’t mean that you’re speech comes without costs, and again I cut his a$$ immediately if it’s my team.

  7. If you’re more angry about Kaepernick and Lane’s protests than you are about police shooting unarmed black men, you are part of the problem.

  8. This reprobate is even worse them Kaepernick.

    He didn’t even have the fortitude to start this misguided, anti american “protest.” Classic tag along “look at me” individual. Why don’t all these miscreants go to Chicago and protest the thousands of inner city killings?

  9. “I don’t mean no disrespect…”

    But I’m gonna disrespect people.

    Interesting, I wonder what would happen if a white player “stood for what he believed in” and disrespected MLK day?

    What if a player refused to participate in the breast cancer awareness drive the NFL does because so much of that money is wasted?

    Wanna bet the stance of the NFL and other players would be very different?

    Beginning to think Mark Cuban was an optimist when he talked about the NFL.

  10. I believe we will see more players do this. My question is, what have these players done to improve this situation? They are making millions of dollars to play a game, so crying about oppression rings very hollow and it’s insulting. Maybe they have spent their time and money in the inner cities trying to make things better. I don’t know. Disrespecting those who have everything so you can make millions of dollars playing a game is counterproductive to the cause. It will turn more people off than get people to join it.

  11. A lot of people who supported Lane as a good player now turning their backs on an individual taking a stance for his opinion. Interesting…

    Personally, I don’t care for it… but, I’m a middle class white man and I can never claim to fully understand a black man has to deal with.

    For those of you who are still on the “disrespecting the military” thought, it’s time to let that go. All of these players have said that is not their intention, so that’s clear now. And, what our soldiers have fought for is for Americans to have the right to “sit”.

    Biggest problem I have is Kap’s lumping all cops together. There are way more good cops in this country than bad cops. His pig socks are a bad message to everyone who thinks any cop is a bad cop.

    I like Jordan’s response the most… donated same amount of money to both sides, because that’s really what needed.

  12. Just because you believe in something – doesn’t make it right. Hiding behind “I believe in this” didn’t work for segregationists, racists and bigots but somehow the media is allowing it to work for these guys?

    We’re not supposed to use the term “Redskins” for a team in the NFL because it may offend some people.

    This situation DEFINITELY offends a lot of people and yet there’s been no petition, no marches, no huge outcry to force these players to not offend people.

    I wonder why?

  13. twtom11 says:

    If you’re more angry about Kaepernick and Lane’s protests than you are about police shooting unarmed black men, you are part of the problem.
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    If you’re more angry about the .0000001% of cops who shoot black suspects, most justified, than you are about the 2858 people shot and 487 people killed JUST THIS YEAR IN ONE CITY by mostly black criminals then you are the problem.

  14. easternshoresfinest says:
    Sep 2, 2016 3:05 AM

    Wowww these teams and the league better nip this little issue in the bud real quick with some sort of punishment, fine or cut. because the more of these morons that follow this trend, the more people like me are going to quit watching and supporting the product
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    A boycott of the NFL? Yeah, like that will happen and if it does, like that will have any kind of impact.

    Since you don’t want them to have the freedom to sit and want to force them to stand, move to N. Korea where everyone is forced to stand for the flag. You’ll be happier there.

  15. Who cares that they are sitting? It’s obviously not disrespecting the military. Since when was standing purely military based? I have seen more people’s racism come out during this whole thing, and it seems to align with a certain group of people. With the election, now this, the division of this Nation is really coming to life. It’s going to be an interesting few years.

  16. Armchair Quarterbacks getting the panties in a bunch over something they have zero knowledge about and/or zero interest in learning about. If you the the Black Lives Matter movement is only about white cops shooting black suspects then you clearly don’t know what you are talking about. Black Lives Matter is exactly what it sounds like. They are trying to call attention to the injustice in the criminal justice system. They are trying to call attention to black on black crime. They are trying to call attention to all the injustices that happen to black people across this country, from problems getting jobs and homes to murder of black individuals by anyone and everyone. To the people in this comment thread that think this is just about white cops, get a clue.

  17. i am genuinely curious what specific policy changes they would enact to change their perceived injustices, and not blanket statements like equality for all. Point me to a specific law or policy you would enact, or heck give me an example of a country you would like to see the US more like

  18. This is how you know America is screwed.

    The blind leading the blind. With the blind media’s bumbling coverage of it all.

    People thinking this is racism instead of policy are morons.

    It’s not white racism when an African American made and/or enforce these policies.

    Don’t like militarized police, why don’t you send a letter to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to one Barrack Obama. Because he did it.

    Don’t blame white racism for something our President did.

    Don’t blame white racism for the fact that Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch look the other way as Attorney Generals.

    Forget about the drone bombing, spying, using terrorists to oppress Syrians and Libyans… and the blowback to Europeans for that matter.

    Forget about the gifts to wall street, the future promise of bail-in, outsourcing via insane trade deals, and pretending things are fixed.

    For oppressing the victims families of 9/11 in order to stand with those who did it and argued on their behalf in court… the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    To selling them bombs, tanks, etc so they could wage war on civilians in Yemen. But since Obama is a war criminal, he obviously doesn’t care about selling weapons to other war criminals. That’s how it works.

    These people are morons… because instead of pushing for real change, they just want to blame whitey. They pretend that only people of color are suffering under the weight of these policies, which they call white racism.

    Now we have multiple people joining in with the racism against white people which is supposed to somehow make changes to policy enacted by African Americans which oppress ALL PEOPLE. Smart!

    The list goes on and on. You know why you’re likely worse off 8 or 15 years later? Because you aren’t who Bush, Obama, and Hillary serve. You’re the ones they exploit.

  19. You guys chattering away your obnoxious theories about a black man sitting during the national anthem still can’t figure it out. That much is clear. This isn’t about racism, per se. This isn’t about crime. This is about cops killing black men who are unarmed. That’s it. That’s the point.

    And yet the Great White Man can’t figure that out. Just amazing….

  20. fact- 647 police shootings so far this year – (301 white, 159 black) 39 out of those 647 we “unarmed”, while another 38 are unkown…..(meaning if you armed, get ready)

    meanwhile Chicago’s death toll since 2001 where blacks are killing blacks…is now greater than the Iraq , and Afaghanstan wars death toll combined since 2002. It would take the police 40 years at the current pace of police shootings to equate one year total of blacks killing black.

    Maybe it’s time for the black lives matter movement to stop pointing fingers and start looking in the mirror.

  21. radrntn says:
    Sep 2, 2016 1:15 PM
    fact- 647 police shootings so far this year – (301 white, 159 black) 39 out of those 647 we “unarmed”, while another 38 are unkown…..(meaning if you armed, get ready)

    meanwhile Chicago’s death toll since 2001 where blacks are killing blacks…is now greater than the Iraq , and Afaghanstan wars death toll combined since 2002. It would take the police 40 years at the current pace of police shootings to equate one year total of blacks killing black.
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    What do you care or understand about Black on Black crime in the Mire of the American ghetto?

    You don’t see Black people spewing statistics about the percentage difference between whites and Blacks when it comes to say….child molestation.

    Oppression exists and. It’s real. Stop sidetracking

  22. dcpatfan says:
    Sep 2, 2016 1:37 PM

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    What do you care or understand about Black on Black crime in the Mire of the American ghetto?

    You don’t see Black people spewing statistics about the percentage difference between whites and Blacks when it comes to say….child molestation.

    Oppression exists and. It’s real. Stop sidetracking

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    the fact is he stated from day one that he is protesting the shootings of unarmed black men being shot by the police……fact is, almost all the shootings the individual was armed……just stating facts, not a self pity party claiming to be a victim

  23. racerx1225 says:
    Sep 2, 2016 3:05 AM
    By the way, there are a lot more staggering statistics that clearly illustrate this a cultural issue within the black community and has nothing to do with white people at this point in time, like 70% single fatherhood and a 58% dropout rate from high school, whith 10% of the population commiting over 50% of the murders and while many more white people are shot and killed by police officers in any given year and blacks are far more prone to attacking white people all while in the last 7 years under Obama there are millions more black people under the poverty level, homeless and on welfare but its all white people’s fault. SMH, dumb as rocks. Dumb as rocks.
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    Your problem is too much Rush Windbag and right wing mumbo jumbo. Turn off your radio. The sun will rise tomorrow too. Everything is okay.

  24. rlr79 says:
    Sep 2, 2016 4:34 AM
    As a Seahawks fan, I wholeheartedly support cutting his a$$. Unfortunately we won’t, Carrol is a touchy feely liberal of all the things I love about the guy, that’s what drives me nuts. Lane is a good player, but if it’s my choice he’s gone. I get the whole freedom of speech thing, but that’s the whole oxymoron because you live here and not Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, or North Korea we have the right to do what they do having said that, freedom of speech only means the government can’t take it away, it doesn’t mean that you’re speech comes without costs, and again I cut his a$$ immediately if it’s my team.
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    Then you’re definitely living in the WRONG part of the country with those views, for SEATTLE is for human rights for ALL. Check this out. Seattle is the first city in the nation, to my knowledge, to institute a $15 an hour minimum wage. You might want to consider moving to a red state? The NW doesn’t need you.

  25. “Skawh”, your reply makes no sense, did you reply to the wrong comment? “rlr79’s” comments are correct, at what point is he pointing out anything negative about human rights? By living in this country you are allowed to voice your opinions or sit during our country’s national anthem. What he is saying is is he doesn’t respect the country he lives in then he should try a different country. Players should not be using NFL games to express political views, they should try donating their time and money to help solve our problems at hand.

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