The Seattle Seahawks defensive back who joined a divisional-rival quarterback in sitting for the national anthem says the controversy doesn’t faze him one bit.
“I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody,” Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane told reporters. “I’m just standing behind what I believe in.”
Lane sat on the sidelines as others stood during the national anthem before a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. The Seahawks won the game 23-21.
Meanwhile, in San Diego during a “Salute to the Military,” Colin Kaepernick took a knee during “The Star Spangled Banner.” This followed Kaepernick sitting during the anthem before a game at Levi’s Stadium against the Green Back Packers last Friday. This time, a teammate, safety Eric Reid, joined the QB in the protest. Following the pregame stunt, the 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 31-21, and Kaepernick played well compared to recent lackluster efforts.
Lane says he joined the pregame demonstrations primarily to express “strong support for Kaepernick.”
The Legion of Boom member claims he can take the hits that inevitably come because of his stance. He maintains, “It don’t bother me at all.”