Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem before Thursday night’s preseason game against the Raiders in Oakland, California.
While there was no immediate reason given for Lane’s actions, they come less than a week after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did the same and later said it was in protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression.
Both Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid took a knee during the anthem before the 49ers’ game against the Chargers in San Diego on Thursday night.
According to the Seattle Times, all of the other Seahawks and Raiders stood for the anthem. The Seahawks had no immediate comment on Lane’s actions, the Times said.
Lane, 26, is in his fifth year with Seattle. He re-signed with the team during the offseason and is expected to start opposite Richard Sherman.
Earlier this week, Sherman was asked what he would tell a younger teammate who was thinking about following Kaepernick’s lead.
“Just tell him to think about the pros and the cons,” Sherman said. “Every action has an equal or greater reaction. And there’s going to be criticism. There’s going to be backlash. There’s going to be people behind screens that will judge you, that will criticize you, that will say whatever they want about you, and you’ve got to be willing to deal with that.”
ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.