Seattle Seahawks player Jeremy Lane and Colin Kaepernick’s fellow 49ers teammate Eric Reid have joined the QB in protesting inequality and refused to stand during the national anthem in their Sept. 1 pre-season games. Check out the new photos now.
At the Sept. 1 preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Charges, safety Eric Reid, 24, and Colin, 28, stayed on their knees during “The Star Spangled Banner,” instead of standing in support of their country. Over in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, 26, sat down during the national anthem. Eric and Jeremy united with Colin to protest police brutality and the mistreatment black people and minorities.
Colin and Eric were booed by fans during the song, but they stayed confident during their protest. After the game, Jeremy admitted to The News Tribune that he sat during the national anthem because he was “standing behind Kaepernick.”
Colin caused an uproar after he sat on the bench during the national anthem during the 49ers game on Aug. 27. Eric decided to follow Colin’s lead after speaking to his teammate about the situation. Eric believes that Colin embodies what it means to be an American, because he’s bringing awareness to an important cause.
Colin and Eric opted to take knees during the national anthem instead of sitting so they could still show respect for the military. By kneeling, the NFL players were also able to continue Colin’s protest against police brutality.
“I don’t personally feel oppressed, but there are things that have happened in this country that have touched very close to home for me — the situation in Louisiana,” Eric told CSNBayArea.com. “I grew up around that. But this is a responsibility that he feels and a responsibility that I feel as well. It’s bigger than football.”
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