DENVER — Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall refused to stand during the national anthem at Denver’s season-opener against the Carolina Panthers.
NBC Sports reported that Marshall appeared to be the only player from either team Thursday night to do so. Everyone else was standing.
Marshall’s kneeling comes after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines recently for refusing to standing during the national anthem.
By sitting down, Kaepernick said he is standing up for the people oppressed because of their race.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said, according to NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Marshall called Kaepernick “one of the biggest patriots out there,” earlier this week, according to USA Today.