Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee in the course of the singing of the nationwide anthem earlier than the Broncos’ opening night time recreation towards 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 in the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than preseason video games this 12 months, a choice 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 in the course of the anthem. No Panthers appeared to kneel in the course of the anthem.
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