Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall’s shirt burned by angry fan

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- People angry that Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall continues to take a knee during the national anthem in order to protest social injustice are taking matches to the athlete's jersey.

In a video spreading across the internet, a man outside of the Broncos headquarters is seen holding a pole at arm's length, with Marshall's jersey hanging from the end of it in flames.

Marshall has acknowledged he has received many negative comments regarding his decision to kneel during the anthem, though he defended his actions in a recent interview.

“I’m not against the police. I’m not against the military. I’m not against America. I’m against social injustice," he said. "This movement is something special. People are going to bash me on social media, but at the end of the day I’m going to go home and sleep peacefully knowing what I did was right. I will not lose any sleep."

The video was released on the same day CenturyLink decided to terminate its endorsement deal with the linebacker.

Marshall was dropped as an endorsed sponsor by Air Academy Federal Credit Union on Friday.

The decision to kneel during the anthem before Thursday's regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers was originally conceived by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Since his first refusal to stand during the anthem, Kaepernick has been joined by his teammate Eric Reid, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and Marshall, among others.

The Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.


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