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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sits for national anthem

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane remained seated Thursday as the national anthem played before a match against the Oakland Raiders, less than one week after Colin Kaepernick's controversial decision to do the same.

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It was not immediately clear whether Lane sat out the anthem in protest, as the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers did in protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression.

The rest of the players from both teams stood as the anthem played Thursday, The San Jose Mercury News reported.

>> Related: Colin Kaepernick isn't the first star athlete to protest the national anthem

Kaepernick and 49ers' safety Eric Reid knelt Thursday night as the national anthem played before a game in San Diego, ESPN reported. The protest elicited scattered boos from the crowd.

Kaepernick has stayed seated for the national anthem during all of the 49ers' exhibition games, although his refusal to stand didn't come to public notice until Friday, when he remained on the 49ers' bench before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Colin Kaepernick wore 'pig cop' socks during training camp

It appears that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was making political statements well before his decision to sit for the national anthem during last week’s preseason game.

>>Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

Photos that were taken during an Aug. 10training camp practice showed Kaepernick sporting socks with images of pigs wearing blue cop hats. “Pig” is used as a derogatory term for a police officer.

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Thursday afternoon, Kapernick responded to the socks controversy in an Instagram post.

A photo posted by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:52am PDT

In the last week, Kaepernick has received criticism and praise for his decision to sit out the national anthem, which he said was his way of protesting against police brutality and racism.

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Veterans who support Colin Kaepernick say his critics are missing the message

Veterans around the country are coming out in support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s right to sit out the national anthem at football games. Kaepernick has said he is trying to “bring awareness” to the oppressed and shine a spotlight on issues like police brutality.

>> Colin Kaepernick could be cut by the 49ers, but not for the reason you may think

While some veterans don’t support his decision, they are backing his message and his right to sit down.

>> Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick controversy: Find another country

They’ve created a hashtag that’s starting to pick up steam on social media, #VeteransForKaepernick.

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Colin Kaepernick could be cut by the 49ers, but not for the reason you may think

Colin Kaepernick's days with the 49ers could be numbered, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

>> Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick controversy: Find another country

Kaepernick grabbed the national spotlight Friday night when he decided to sit down during the playing of the national anthem just prior to the start of the game. He described his actions as a silent protest against the perceived injustice faced by African-Americans and minorities in the country.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the media after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

>> Is Colin Kaepernick breaking the law by not standing for the national anthem?

By all appearances, bringing controversial social issues with him to the football filed may have only served to fast-track his waiver.

Glazer said he would be “shocked” if Kaepernick lasted the entire season on the 49ers roster, although he specifically says it’s not from a political perspective.

“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” Glazer said on Fox Sunday. “I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

On Sunday, things reached a fever pitch when Kaepernick held a press conference with 49ers media. Rather than back away from his statements, he doubled down.

“You can become a cop in six months,” he said by his locker at the Niners’ training facility, “and you don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. I mean, someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people [that] have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Kaepernick’s actions Friday weren’t exactly self-sabotage.

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He’s been in steady decline since his breakout season in 2012 when he finished the season with a career-high passer rating of 98.3. Since then, he’s dropped off significantly every season, from a 91.6 passer rating in 2013 to 86.4 in 2014, and 78.5 last season. The release could come as more of a next step than a direct reaction to his comments.

Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick controversy: Find another country

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he elected to sit during the national anthem on Friday on the sidelines of a preseason game. In an interview following Sunday practice, Kaepernick said that he respected the sacrifices made for him to take a stand.

>> Is Colin Kaepernick breaking the law by not standing for the national anthem?

In the same interview, he called out both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for representing what he sees as the serious issues plaguing America. He called out both for their racist remarks. Kaepernick also had something to say about Clinton’s email server scandal:

"I mean, you have Hillary [Clinton] who’s called black teens or black kids super-predators. You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. I mean, we have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?"

When asked about Kaepernick, Trump said the player “should find a country that works better for him,” as reported by BuzzFeed.

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On Monday, he told "The Dori Monson Show," “I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try; it’s not gonna happen.”

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(H/T Deadspin)

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is known for speaking his mind on Twitter, but now he’s taking his politics to the playing field.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

Kaepernick made waves after a reporter noticed that he was not standing during the national anthem Friday evening, in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

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The quarterback later told NFL Media that the move was intentional. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweeted that Kaepernick has sat during the national anthem before.

The 49ers released a statement about the incident:

The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.

The NFL also released a statement, saying that players are encouraged but not required to stand for the national anthem.

Tre Mason's mother says NFL player has mind of child due to concussions

The mother of NFL player Tre Mason told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies last month that her 22-year-old son has “10-year-old’s mindset” as the result of head injuries sustained playing football.

“Tre is not himself at all,” Tina Mason said on audio recorded from a PBSO dashboard-camera video recorded July 27, when Tre Mason fled from a deputy while riding an ATV west of the city. “He’s not making good decisions.”

Mason had been “admitted for evaluation” to a hospital July 23, after his mother had called deputies to her home, saying Mason had been acting erratically. Officers found him with a cut hand that day, prompting his trip to the hospital.

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The deputy says in the July 27 video that Mason was traveling at speeds that reached 80 mph as he was chased.

The video shows Mason, dressed in white T-shirt and dark shorts, running into his mother’s home just before the deputy pulls into the residence’s driveway.

In the footage, a deputy attempts to coax Mason outside by saying he’s not going to arrest him, even though he could take him into custody for fleeing and eluding with sirens and lights activated, which is a felony.

Mason refuses to come outside, but the deputy eventually gives him citations and has the ATV towed.

While speaking outside the residence, one deputy tells another that Mason should be in training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he has played two seasons.

“But he’s (expletive) around over here,” the deputy says in the video. “His career is going down the tubes.”

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has said the organization hasn’t heard from Mason since the end of the 2015 season. The Rams placed the running back on the reserve-did not report list when he didn’t show up at their training camp July 29.

As Mason’s ATV is being towed away, his mother tells deputies she’s glad they are taking the vehicle.

“To watch it ride away is a blessing, actually,” Tina Mason says.

A deputy tells Tina Mason her son should be playing football.

“No, actually he shouldn’t. … ,” Tina Mason says. “There’s CTE and this head-injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is.”

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions. It was not known Thursday whether any clinical diagnosis has been made regarding Mason.

Tina Mason tells deputies that her son’s mental state took a turn for the worse after the 2015 season.

“Clearly, we could see the change,” Tina Mason says. “Like, completely.”

Mason rushed for a combined 972 yards for the Rams in his first two seasons after being drafted in the third round out of Auburn in the 2014 NFL Draft. At Auburn, Mason rushed for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and junior and helped lead the Tigers to the 2013 national championship game against Florida State.

Since the end of the 2015 season, Tre Mason has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement, including a March 5 arrest in Hollywood during which he was Tased after refusing to exit his vehicle

On July 23, deputies went to Mason’s home after family members reported “bizarre and angry outbursts.” When deputies arrived, Mason threatened to call the White House and have them all fired and made comments regarding Al-Qaeda.

“As much as he’s accomplished, as hard as he’s worked, as much as he’s built his character, in record-breaking time it’s going downhill because of what’s going on,” Tina Mason says. “He doesn’t even know. He’s not conscious enough.”

Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

Tim Tebow pursuing professional baseball career, report says

Nearly a year after Tim Tebow last appeared on an NFL roster, the former quarterback is "actively pursuing a career in professional baseball," his agents told ESPN.

Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan told the sports station that Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles for the last year and plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month.

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"Tim's athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball," Sexton told ESPN. "Knowing Tim's passion and desire, we won't be surprised by anything he accomplishes."

Although the report might sound like it's coming out of left field, Tebow actually came close to becoming a professional baseball player before he joined the NFL.

"We wanted to draft him but he never sent back his information card," Red Sox Florida area scout Tom Kotchman, who previously worked with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, told WEEI in 2013. "Either it never got to him or it's Tim Tebow. Who knows if it got to him, and if it did we just never got it back. Otherwise (the Angels) were going to take him."

Tebow played baseball while attending Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He didn't play his senior year, but as a junior he hit .494, according to an NFL.com report. He earned all-state honors that year and led the team to the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

"I believe he could have played in the big leagues," Nease coach Greg "Boo" Mullins said, according to the report. Tebow went for football over baseball because "he just had a bigger fire" for the sport, Mullins said.

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will be invited to his workout at the end of the month, according to ESPN.

NFL punts on Hall of Fame game because the field was 'like taffy'

If you're one of the millions of Americans anxiously awaiting the return of football, you're going to have to keep waiting.

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The NFL's Hall of Fame game, which is the official start of the NFL preseason, was canceled because the field is in such poor shape.

"From what I've been told, the wrong paint was used, and if you could get out there and see it, it had dried. It was very sticky. It was very gummy. It was almost like taffy," reporter Lisa Salters said on ESPN.

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That would be very unsafe. Cleats could get caught up in the gunk and cause a nasty leg injury, which is the last thing anyone wants in a preseason game.

The NFL issued a statement, saying, "We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight."

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The Hall of Fame's president said the fans who had hoped to attend will be given a refund. Football-starved fans will have to wait until Thursday for the preseason to actually start.

This video includes images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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