Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane said San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reached out to him to say thanks for joining in his protest of the national anthem during the Seahawks' final preseason game last Thursday.
As with Kaepernick, Lane says he plans to continue to sit during the anthem into the regular season, but said he doesn't know if any teammates plan to join him in protesting.
"I don't want to put any pressure on anyone. I'm doing it for me," Lane said, according to ESPN.
Lane also said that he hasn't decided if he will donate any money to community organizations, following Kaepernick's pledge to donate $1 million to various organizations as he seeks to promote positive change on race issues in the United States.
"I haven't thought about that," Lane said. "Not saying I won't, but I haven't thought about that."
Lane signed a four-year deal in the off-season worth a reported $23 million with $11 million guaranteed.
Since Kaepernick first gained national attention for his protest, others have joined in, including teammate Eric Reid and Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. women's national soccer team.
President Barack Obama even weighed in on Kaepernick's national anthem protest, saying Kaepernick is within his constitutional rights to sit during the playing of the anthem.
- Scooby Axson