Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the singing of the national anthem before the start of the victory 21-20 season-opening Thursday on the Carolina Panthers.
After the game, Marshall said he made the decision after talking to his family about it. Virgilio said Green was the only player Broncos, said before the game that would not stand for the anthem. Marshall also said it will continue to not stand for the anthem.
“The message is that I am against social injustice,” Marshall said. “I’m not against the military or police or American at all. I’m against social injustice and feel that this is what needs to be done.
“I feel this is the right platform. This is our unique platform to be really heard,” Marshall continued. “I feel that many times people want us to just shut up and entertain them, shut up and play football. But we have voices too. We are individuals who went to the truly educated college. So when we have an opinion and talk, I feel like a lot of people who beat us so we have to say. ”
Marshall is the third player to not stand for the national anthem from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick revealed last month that he was protesting against social injustice against African Americans and other minorities in the United States by not standing for the anthem. Niners partner Eric Reid joined in Kaepernick not standing during the last preseason game the team and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, he sat on the bench last week against the Oakland Raiders.
Marshall and Kaepernick were teammates at the University of Nevada and Marshall said he wanted to show their support for the protest quarterback. He added that he understands that some people will not agree with your decision.
“I did and do not regret it,” Marshall said, adding that he plans to donate money for military veterans. “I knew what came with the territory, and I decided to do it.”
NFL Network James Palmer won this statement Broncos regarding Marshall: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, understand and respect that is a personal decision.”
Broncos linebacker Von Miller to the NFL Network after the game Judy Battista Marshall and Kaepernick supporting the protests and believes that social change, despite plans to continue standing for the national anthem is necessary.
Marshall’s action comes a day after Doug Baldwin and open Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril receiver told reporters they were considering not standing for the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Baldwin tweeted on Thursday that the team will participate in a demonstration before the game on Sunday.
“To express a desire to unite people, our team will meet with the country and the flag in a demonstration before the Unity Party” published Baldwin.