Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneels during National Anthem

DENVER - Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled during the National Anthem ahead of Thursday night’s season opener, joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a protest that has garnered national headlines – and sparked debate.

Marshall had previously expressed support for Kaepernick during an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette. 

The two both attended the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Marshall stood with his hand over his heart before a preseason game on Aug. 20. The fifth-year linebacker made no prior mention of his plans to kneel. 

Kaepernick told reporters that he refused to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

9NEWS Broncos Insider Mike Klis reports the Broncos had the following statement about Marshall's protest: 

"While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the anthem, we understand, respect it's a personal decision." 

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