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.
Colin Kaepernick’s college teammate Brandon Marshall knelt for the national anthem: pic.twitter.com/0ZSDNuagHq— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 9, 2016
Brandon Marshall, Kaepernick's college teammate drops to one knee for National Anthem #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 9, 2016
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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