Denver Broncos’ Marshall kneels in protest during national anthem

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Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall became the latest athlete to kneel during the U.S. national anthem in protest for social justice before his team’s game versus the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, reports Reuters.

Marshall’s action during “The Star Spangled Banner” follows a series of similar protests by other athletes, led by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who did not stand for the song before his NFL team’s last two pre-season games to protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision,” the Broncos said in a statement.

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Many Americans saw Kaepernick’s gesture as a sign of disrespect to the flag and criticism was widespread, but he has also been supported by several fellow athletes.

Marshall, who is black, played with Colin Kaepernick at the University of Nevada and has, according to several media organizations, voiced his support for his former teammate in his ongoing protest.

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