Seattle Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane is maintaining his stance on the national anthem.
Lane said he will continue to sit during the national anthem as the regular season approaches. In doing so, Lane is standing with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started this controversy a couple weeks back when he refused to stand for the national anthem during San Francisco’s third preseason game. Kaepernick has reached out to Lane to thank him for his support.
“He reached out to me and just told me thank you for standing behind him,” Lane said, according to the Associated Press’ Curtis Crabtree.
Lane added that he hasn’t received much negativity from his decision and added that he has no plans on pressuring his teammates into joining him.
“I don’t know. I don’t want to put no pressure on no one,” Lane said, according to Crabtree. “I’m doing it for me.”
Lane is entering his fifth season with the Seahawks and signed a four-year extension worth $23 million during the offseason.
There has been plenty of fallout from this protest. Most notably, the Santa Clara Police Department has threatened to boycott working 49ers games in response to Kaepernick’s decision.