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Brandon Marshall loses endorsement after kneeling during national anthem

Brandon Marshall kneels during the national anthem before the game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo: KDVR)

Brandon Marshall kneels during the national anthem before the game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo: KDVR)

DENVER — Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall lost an endorsement deal with a credit union one day after kneeling during the national anthem at the NFL season opener.

Marshall took a knee as the national anthem was performed Thursday night for a national prime time television audience and the crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

On Friday afternoon, Air Academy Federal Credit Union said it was ending its relationship with Marshall.

“AAFCU is a membership-based organization who has proudly served the military community for over 60 years,” the credit union said in a statement. “While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership.”

Marshall has been a spokesman for the credit union for the past five months.

He recently told the Colorado Springs Gazette he supports his former University of Nevada teammate Colin Kaepernick.

Marshall tweeted Friday that he received a text message from Kaepernick after Thursday’s game that said, “Congrats” and “Give me a call.”

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback started a social media firestorm when he refused to stand during the national anthem at a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick said he was protesting racial inequality in America.