Broncos LB Brandon Marshall Joins Colin Kaepernick, Kneels for National Anthem

Bryan Brandom
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Not long after the NFL's most famous Brandon Marshall voiced his support for Colin Kaepernick and his protest of discrimination against African Americans via kneeling through "The Star-Spangled Banner," the league's second-most famous Brandon Marshall took it a step further.

That'd be Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall—not the New York Jets wide receiver—who took a knee during the national anthem before winning in the league's season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

The move isn't all that surprising, considering Marshall's comments about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback from almost two weeks ago.

“I support Colin. I support ‘Kaep.’ I understand where he’s coming from," Marshall told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "I definitely see what he’s saying. I support him on that. I’m not mad at him for that. Some people are bashing him on the Internet, but I’m not bashing him at all. I support him. 

"Kaep, he's using his platform how he wants to use it, to reach the masses. We have freedom of speech. But then we use our platform, and we get bashed for it. It’s almost like they want us to only go with the grain. And once we go against the grain, it’s an issue. I feel for Kaep. I understand where he’s coming from, and I support him.”

At least two other NFL players have also joined Kaepernick's protest.

The Broncos released an understanding statement on Marshall's stance, though whoever wrote it could use another lesson on identifying proper nouns that get capitalized: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”

After the game, Marshall said he'd join Kaepernick in donating money to charitable organizations, specifically programs for veterans.