Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee through the singing of the nationwide anthem earlier than the Broncos’ opening night time sport in opposition to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
The determination to kneel seems an act of solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first sat after which kneeled through 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 had been teammates on the College of Nevada.
Marshall, sporting No. 54, kneeled on the finish of the road of Broncos, the remainder of whom had been standing through the anthem. No Panthers appeared to kneel through the anthem.
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