DENVER — Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a stand by taking a knee during the national anthem Thursday night in the NFL season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Marshall recently told the Gazette he supports his former Nevada teammate Colin Kaepernick.
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.
Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem before the 49ers’ next preseason game, against the San Diego Chargers during a salute to the military night.
On Wednesday, Kaepernick responded to reports that his jersey has become the best-selling jersey in the NFL. He wrote on Instagram that he would donate all the proceeds he receives “back into the community.”
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I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot! I wasn't expecting my jersey sales to jump to number one because of this, but it shows the people's belief that we can achieve justice and equality for ALL! The only way I can repay you for the support is to return the favor by donating all the proceeds I receive from my jersey sales back into the communities! I believe in the people, and WE can be the change!
“I’m not against the military, I’m not against America,” Marshall said after the game. “I’m against social injustice.”
The Broncos issued a statement on the stance.
— Kami Carmann (@KamiCarmann) September 9, 2016
Marshall made no mention of his plans before the game.
Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller said he supported Kaepernick.
“I’m not going to kneel for the national anthem, but I feel it should be a change. His actions really brought the topic, brought it into the conversation. I’m with Colin all the way,” he said.