Broncos’ Brandon Marshall Takes A Knee For National Anthem
Colin Kaeperinick’s influence is resonating throughout the sports world. After Eric Reid and Jeremy Lane joined Kaepernick on one knee during the national anthem…one of Kaep’s former classmates is kneeling in support of the movement as well.
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of Thursday’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
Marshall is the third player to not stand during the national anthem since San Francisco 49ers quarterback revealed last month that he was not standing during the anthem to protest social injustice against African-Americans and other minorities in the United States. Niners teammate Eric Reid joined Kaepernick in not standing during the team’s preseason finale and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on the bench last week against the Oakland Raiders.
Marshall and Kaepernick were college teammates at Nevada.
NFL Network’s James Palmer obtained this statement from the Broncos: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”
Marshall’s action comes a day after Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Cliff Avril told reporters they were considering not standing during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Baldwin tweeted Thursday that the team will take part in a pregame demonstration Sunday.
“To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the county and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity,” Baldwin posted.
More and more people are taking a stand through sitting the anthem out. Do you think this protest is finally going to get these issues the attention they deserve??