Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on the bench during the national anthem prior to the team’s final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Lane said he was showing support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Lane might have some teammates join him on Sunday.
Kaepernick’s message is picking up support in NFL locker rooms all over the league, including the division rival Seahawks.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Cliff Avril confirmed that they are mulling a Week 1 protest.
“I have. I want to make sure that I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so,” Baldwin told ESPN.
The Seahawks wideout recently posted a message on Facebook regarding the situation.
Avril has also been vocal about sitting during the national anthem.
“We’re thinking about it. I am. I truly respect what Kaep is doing. I think some people are taking it out of context because they’re not experiencing the same thing other people are experiencing. They can’t really see it. But as a person that does see it and does see what’s really going on out here, I definitely could see me doing something about it as well.”
The defensive end does not see the gesture as disrespectful to members of the military.
“Are you really disrespecting the military from the standpoint, like, let’s talk about the people that go to war, how they’re treated when they come back,” Avril said. “Let’s talk about that. That’s the ultimate disrespect. But that’s what this country’s built off of — freedom of speech. So why is it a big deal that [Kaepernick’s] able to display how he feels? That’s crazy to me. It can’t be one-sided. It also depends on who’s doing it.”
Kaepernick’s message is resonating not only in the Seahawks’ locker room but all over the country. And that’s precisely what the quarterback wanted to accomplish — shed light on a problem.