Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, took to a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before Denver’s season opener against Carolina.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem during San Francisco’s preseason games, explaining it was to protest racial oppression and police barbarism in the United States.
It opened a wide debate and set the microscope on a pregame tradition that has, for decades, been routine.
Marshall was standing with his hand over his heart during the Anthem before a preseason game on Aug. 20.
He constructed no mention of his plans for Thursday’s opener but soon after the large American flag was unfurled, the fifth-year linebacker out of Nevada went to the end of a long row of Broncos and took a knee.
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