The national anthem singer at the game between the Chargers and Raiders took a knee as soon as she was finished singing.

The 22-year-old Jessica Sanchez _ runner-up on the 11th season of "American Idol" _ knelt as she finished singing "home of the brave." Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was the only player to sit during the anthem. Sanchez says Lynch told her, "You did your thing girl."

Russell Okung of the Chargers raised his fist. 

Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raises his fist during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Sanchez says she supports players protesting police brutality and racial inequality and is upset that President Donald Trump has criticized players who have protested.

"I'm 100 percent for the message, as far as what the message has been behind everybody kneeling," she said. "I still show my respect to the veterans, but I do disagree with what's going on in the office."


In Landover, Md., a half-dozen San Francisco players knelt in their uniforms during the anthem before a 26-24 loss to the Washington Redskins _ about half as many 49ers as took a knee last week, when Vice President Mike Pence then left their game.

Safety Eric Reid, who was one of the kneelers both weeks and has been a long-time supporter of former teammate Colin Kaepernick, said he thought miscommunication led to the reduced number of players taking part Sunday.

Reid said he initially wanted to have all players stand this week, because of the game's proximity to the nation's capital and "to finally put to bed the accusations that we don't respect the military." When he then tried to change course and have folks kneel, he wasn't able to spread the word well enough, Reid explained.

He said it is clear to him that Kaepernick, who is currently unemployed, is "being blackballed. I think all the stats prove that he's an NFL-worthy quarterback."