2 NFL Players Join Colin Kaepernick’s Protest, Refuse to Stand for the National Anthem

Bryan Brandom
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The number of NFL players protesting racial discrimination by sitting through the national anthem just tripled.

Following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was joined by teammate Eric Reid, a Pro Bowl safety, before their final preason game against the San Diego Chargers.

Kaepernick took a knee.

It was "Salute to the Military" night in San Diego, and in a display of his support for the armed forces, Kaepernick applauded servicemen and servicewomen during the singing of "God Bless America."

Though he was not received well by Chargers fans.

Still, Kaepernick started and performed well, throwing for 103 yards on 11-of-18 passing and rushing for another 38, and reminding everyone that he's still embroiled in a quarterback race.

Back in Northern California, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem before his team's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

"Yeah, I am prepared for it," said Lane when asked if he's ready for the backlash of his decision, according to ESPN. "And I don't mean no disrespect to anybody, but I'm just standing behind what I believe in."

Lane, who won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013, said he doesn't plan to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" until he's satisfied with the level of racial justice in the United States.

"I just like what he's doing, and I'm standing behind him," Lane said.

"It's something I plan on keep on doing, until I feel like justice is being served."