Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee throughout the singing of the nationwide anthem earlier than the Broncos’ opening night time recreation towards the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
The choice to kneel seems an act of solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first sat after which kneeled throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than preseason video games this yr, a call Kaepernick says he made as a result of he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
Marshall and Kaepernick have been teammates on the College of Nevada.
Marshall, carrying No. 54, kneeled on the finish of the road of Broncos, the remainder of whom have been standing throughout the anthem. No Panthers appeared to kneel throughout the anthem.
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