Jeremy Lane plans to keep sitting for the national anthem

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Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem prior to the team’s preseason finale. On Monday, Lane told reporters that he plans to keep sitting in support of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his stated reasons for not standing.

Lane said he has received no negative reaction from fans, but that he had heard from Kaepernick.

“He reached out to me and told me, ‘Thank you for standing behind me,'” Lane said.

The Seahawks open the regular season at home against the Dolphins on Sunday. The Seahawks then travel to L.A. before hosting Kaepernick and the 49ers.

There has been no indication whether players from other teams will join Kaepernick, Lane, and 49ers safety Eric Reid. The issue won’t go away until all players are standing, and the longer that some players aren’t, the greater the likelihood that more players will follow suit.

90 responses to “Jeremy Lane plans to keep sitting for the national anthem

  1. He reached out to me and told me, ‘Thank you for standing behind me,’” Lane said.

    Except you didn’t stand… you sat

  2. “He reached out to me and told me, ‘Thank you for standing behind me,’” Lane said.

    Very ironic statement. He didn’t stand behind him, he took a knee behind him. So taking a knee for the national anthem is the equivalent of standing for Kaep which is above standing for the national anthem? This is all too confusing to me and it isn’t worth the time to sort it all out. Get over yourselves Kaep and this other guy.

  3. tasteless, disrespectful, its really pretty simple…

    Please find another approach and platform as a way to voice your concerns. Please don’t drag the flag, that has provided you and your relatives for generations the freedom to live in the greatest country on earth, into your agenda.

  4. doylemcmuffin says:
    Sep 5, 2016 10:25 PM

    Who?
    ****************
    Exactly! Shut up and play ball!
    WE ( I amend that to me since I don’t want to speak for anyone else) watch football as a way to escape the realities of work.
    It’s a game!! Play it.!
    How many of you guys have a Poly-Sci degree?
    I’m proud of where I live, and I am proud that you guys have the opportunity to earn a living that you may……but even though given the 1st amendment right, tread lightly. You MAY have the freedom of speech, however, your employer has the ability to release you based on your CBA.

  5. How many CBA, UNF’s have joined the cause?
    I am just curious. I’m in agreement with the 1st amendment, but I think that utilizing it should be used with caution.
    I don’t think you will see “bubble” players taking a hard line stance regarding this, right or wrong.
    just an observation………….

  6. Still waiting for one of these players to actually do something of substance toward building a better country considering the resources they have.

  7. As a 25 year retired veteran of the military, I WILL exercise my right to boycott watching any teams whose players decide to sit and spit in the face of all those who died to protect this country.

    A protest is not a protest when it is clothed in disrespect to all those who gave up their lives for our freedom.

    There is a more respectful, dignified way to protest and this isn’t it.

    The 49ers, Seahawks and Eagles are now on my boycott list. I’m sure I’m not alone.

    Shame on you!

  8. You can sit your dumb behind the whole season for all I care. If you don’t have the respect for the flag and the anthem…go somewhere else

  9. That’s exactly the problem with this. Colin says thanks for “standing behind me”. This is all about Colin. Not about some social injustice. Look at his jersey sales over the last 10 days. This is about recovering some of the attention that he’s sent out the door with his horrible play over the last three years. Get over yourselves.

  10. “Lane said he has received no negative reaction from fans”

    Well then, let me be the first; You’re a misguided narcissistic fool looking for attention. Try and get your headline now, because you’ll be out of the league in a year.

  11. Well screw it then. We all have our complaints. Everybody just sit the phrick down for whatever you have a problem with. Just think of all the good it will do.

  12. Thank goodness the season is finally here. Guess what Lane? Nobody cares anymore, you Johnny come lately. Go back to being the irrelevant player you were before all of this tom foolery.

  13. He sits the whole game anyhow (unless he’s being torched and then injured in SB), so what’s the difference. Fiercely disagree with Kaepernick but respect his right to make a fool of himself. Lane can’t even generate an original thought, but must follow others.

  14. I have no issues with players that want to make a political statement… but not while wearing the teams uniform or at the stadium. If you want to really make a difference, donate your time to the cause.

  15. Another nobody trying to draw attention to himself pretending to protest a talking point that no one is is actually talking about. Everyone is talking about the players “protesting” and not about what they are protesting.

  16. Players have a right to do it so let them do it. Just stop reporting it on a huge scale. Hopefully it will be old news soon. BTW I don’t agree with them at all but the people they are protesting are the ones who died so they would have that right. So ironic.

  17. As a fan who never stands out of choice, it’s good to see that a few players are waking up and realizing that it is a choice to respect the flag or not.

  18. If these players are serious about this issue they need to get involved and use some of their $$$.

    Otherwise it’s just posturing…

  19. It’s a free country; do as you wish regardless if I or anybody agrees with you as long as you’re not putting others life and health at risk.

    But while your sitting Jeremy, I’ll be standing tall with my hat off and my right hand on my heart.

  20. Laughable for him to say no one up here cares about it and that he’s heard nothing negative. As a Seahawks fan – I’m done with this guy – and talk radio is nonstop with fans who are disgusted he’s going to do this again, on Sept 11th

    Spoiled punk – disgusting

  21. He intercepted 1 of 2 Tom Shady interceptions in the SB. That’s who.

    As Marvin Gaye said, “right on brother!” The issues cross team lines. It’s only a matter of time before other players back the cause of bringing awareness to these important social issues.

    The Judicial punishment for blacks facing the same crime punishment as others has been horrendous for many many decades.

  22. He read Richard Sherman’s “How To Get Media’s Attention…The Way to Start Your Career After Football” book.

  23. This is the deal. You fellas made your point. Something is rotten in Denmark. Unless you have a viable solution to the issue, I respectfully suggest we begin to hear your singing voice, even if you can’t carry a tune.

  24. I watch football to watch football…if you think you’re swaying me with sitting during the National Anthem, you completely overestimate my opinion of the political thoughts of pro athletes/celebrities, LOL!!

  25. It is sad that I am wondering if these irrelevant players are doing this to make themselves relevant. Not showing respect for the international symbol of Freedom from oppression makes you look uneducated and out of touch. A better way to get your message across would be protesting the government programs in this country that limit individual success and the politicians that deceive you to keep them in place.
    The flag represents what America is supposed to be, not what many have made it.

  26. it’s fitting that Kaepernick would say “standing behind me” instead of “standing WITH me”

    Anyone doing either is with or behind an unintelligent egomaniac

  27. Wait until Sunday . It’s gonna be a lot of players silently supporting Kap. Right or wrong the NFL is a close knit fraternity. Only fans want players to not get along and hate each other. For every OBJ and Josh Norman, there are 100 players who hang out together from opposing teams.

  28. And quick check…….and yes, does absolutely nothing outside of football to attempt to help any of the problems he’s supposedly upset about.

  29. bpurd says:
    Sep 6, 2016 6:59 AM
    The guy who picked off Tom Brady.

    ———-

    Many guys have picked off Tom Brady….you are going to have to be more specific. Was he the one crying with Richard Sherman after Brady torched his defense for 350 yards and two 4th quarter TDs to erase a 10 point lead? Was he “that guy”?

  30. You two are so courageous for sitting during the anthem.

    my o my, at the courage it takes to sit your ass down in protest of the NATIONAL ANTHEM.

    true heroes sit down and shut up, just like you’ve taught them, Collin!

    You deserve a pat on the back for being so heroic.

  31. The thing that also bugs me about these BLM twits is the fans can’t boo them while they’re sitting because we’d be booing during The National Anthem.

  32. The mainstream doesn’t get it,it’s still in denial, this nation was built on slavery. Everytime a Black person speaks out, all of sudden, they are anti American, simply because of the disparities of treatment, and the presence of institutional racism, that black Americans has dealt with since the 1st slave ship landed @ Jamestown, VA. The time for change is now. The topic of human rights in America is REAL!!! Culture classes should be mandatory in elementary school, instead of one sided history. Also, our Vetrans who has sacrifice their lives, come back, and is kick to the crub. With that said, how about them Cowboys!!

  33. nhpats says:
    Sep 6, 2016 9:17 AM
    bpurd says:
    Sep 6, 2016 6:59 AM
    The guy who picked off Tom Brady.

    ———-

    Many guys have picked off Tom Brady….you are going to have to be more specific. Was he the one crying with Richard Sherman after Brady torched his defense for 350 yards and two 4th quarter TDs to erase a 10 point lead? Was he “that guy”?

    ——–
    No no no, he wasn’t ‘that’ guy. That was bpurd himself crying Lane was the guy in the aircast on the sideline because he couldn’t finish the game. Too bad. I’m happy to see he’s overcome his SB injury though and playing again. Unfortunately his his head seems a little off now.

  34. allseeingone says:
    Sep 6, 2016 9:56 AM

    The thing that also bugs me about these BLM twits is the fans can’t boo them while they’re sitting because we’d be booing during The National Anthem.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    You can boo them whenever they touch the ball or get their names announced for whatever reason during the game.

  35. I’m starting to think that most football fans are actively trying NOT to get the message…

    Look, I don’t agree with the action, but they have that choice… and they believe in their cause.

    And, do a little research… read the full Francis Scott Key poem… “No place to hide for hireling or slave” which he then goes on to rhyme with the soldiers that were brave.

    As a middle class white man, I’m trying my best to understand the message… reading these comments, seems like more should give a little more effort.

  36. Ok, so, these clowns are sitting for an issue. What exactly do they want someone to do? I mean, what are they actually trying to accomplish? No more bad things happening? No more people doing wrong things? I mean what?

    It’s kind of like protesting people going over the speed limit. Exactly how is the protest going to change anything?

    Whatever

  37. mrba4775 says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:22 AM
    The mainstream doesn’t get it,it’s still in denial, this nation was built on slavery. Everytime a Black person speaks out, all of sudden, they are anti American, simply because of the disparities of treatment, and the presence of institutional racism, that black Americans has dealt with since the 1st slave ship landed @ Jamestown, VA. The time for change is now.

    OK, nice rhetoric but do you have any suggestions on exactly what must change and how we would do so?

    Do you have a thought to address the vast number of blacks murdered every year? Or is it just simper to say that whites are the reason for every problem facing minorities today?

    Let’s use plain talk. Change begins on the inside. We can reduce the number of wrongful deaths of blacks not by demanding change from whites or vilifying every single police officer in this country (which by the way right there with racism, bigotry and discrimination) but by demanding it from those responsible for the crimes.

  38. bhlobos says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:53 AM
    I’m starting to think that most football fans are actively trying NOT to get the message…

    Look, I don’t agree with the action, but they have that choice… and they believe in their cause.

    And, do a little research… read the full Francis Scott Key poem… “No place to hide for hireling or slave” which he then goes on to rhyme with the soldiers that were brave.

    As a middle class white man, I’m trying my best to understand the message… reading these comments, seems like more should give a little more effort.

    It’s easy to get sucked into generalizations, most of which are inherently incorrect. Don’t you think timing has something to do with the way people react to these issues?

    You should try to understand the message, but the WHOLE message. Not just the bits used by opportunists to further their agendas under the guise of being socially conscious.

  39. For those of you who don’t know why Jeremy Lane is, he’s been our starting nickel corner for the last couple years now. He had an interception in the superbowl against the Patriots but broke his arm in that game….Anyways that’s not very important I guess. I don’t agree with anyone sitting/kneeling during our National Anthem for whatever their reason might be. I understand their message that something has to be done, but taking a knee or sitting isn’t taking action in my book. Stand and then voice your opinion and take action where action is needed. Start with your community (if it needs it) and grow outwards from there with support!
    Russell Wilson goes to Seattle Children Hospital and sees kids that don’t have much time left on their clock and tries to cheer them up and give them hope. He’s started foundations to raise awareness for certain diseases and donated millions of dollars to research for cancer. He believes that kids are the future and he’s invested time and some money into that. That is taking action!!!

  40. He’s sitting for people like Mike Brown who wasn’t given a chance. Eric Garner who was murdered in cold blood by the police. Freddy Gray…that’s who Jeremy Lane is doing this for. Despite the “awkward” timing that is 9/11 you’ll be seeing many true patriots sit for this racist anthem and the flag which our ancestors blood was spilled for. It’s not that other people’s lives don’t matter. It’s just that black lives matter more right now because black lives have historically and currently not mattered to anyone.

    For the people who want to talk about black on black crime we get it…there is crime in the inner city. Bringing that up is an attempt to divert the goal of the movement.

  41. Mike Brown wasn’t given a chance? Obama’s Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, cleared Officer Wilson of wrongdoing in that case. It was based on the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie of Brown’s friend.

  42. please jeremy- tell me which specific policies would you change?

    or even better, what country do you wish we would be more like that would allow you to stand again?

    we live in the freest and most open country in the world and yet people still want to find ways to complain.

  43. Its funny seeing bigots comment on a football blog like they don’t know who a football player is when he is speaking up on a social issue.

    Jeremy Lane just signed a 4 year extension for 23 million dollars with the LOB. He is the Nickel CB and has been on the gunner on special teams for over 3 years. I don’t think he is looking for publicity, he is speaking up because minorities are still fighting for equal rights in the US.

  44. kimbo71006 says:Sep 5, 2016 11:03 PM

    As a 25 year retired veteran of the military, I WILL exercise my right to boycott watching any teams whose players decide to sit and spit in the face of all those who died to protect this country.

    A protest is not a protest when it is clothed in disrespect to all those who gave up their lives for our freedom.

    There is a more respectful, dignified way to protest and this isn’t it.

    The 49ers, Seahawks and Eagles are now on my boycott list. I’m sure I’m not alone.

    Shame on you!


    A veteran here also,

    And I say you fought for the rights he is exercising.

    The freedoms in our country are far more sacred than the anthem or flag.

    I’llenjoy the games for you

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