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Broncos’ Brandon Marshall kneels during national anthem

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 11:  Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos lines up against the Indianapolis Colts during a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 11, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall has joined the ranks of players making a statement during the national anthem.

Marshall kneeled during the anthem before tonight’s season opener against the Panthers. He appeared to be the only player on the Broncos’ sideline doing so, and everyone on the Panthers’ sideline appeared to be standing.

During the preseason, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem, citing police shootings and racial discrimination. After talking to Nate Boyer, a former Army Ranger who had a brief stay as an NFL long snapper, Kaepernick said he would kneel rather than sit during the anthem going forward. A handful of players around the NFL have said they will join Kaepernick.

So far, Marshall is the first player to decline to stand during the NFL regular season. More will join him on Sunday.

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46 Responses to “Broncos’ Brandon Marshall kneels during national anthem”
  1. freeperjim says: Sep 8, 2016 8:47 PM

    Despicable traitor!

  2. bengalsofthenorth says: Sep 8, 2016 8:47 PM

    For the first time in maybe 20 years I’m not watching football on opening night.

    I wont be watching Sunday either.

  3. flaccojumpball says: Sep 8, 2016 8:47 PM

    Yes!!! Keep on joining the cause. I hope the Ravens sit. The racist cops in the US do not deserve our respect. The racist anthem needs to be changed.

  4. stinkymcmulligan says: Sep 8, 2016 8:48 PM

    They are protesting something that does not exist.

  5. tjacks7 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:49 PM

    You can’t fix stupid.

  6. bloodandsin says: Sep 8, 2016 8:49 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  7. outlawshark says: Sep 8, 2016 8:50 PM

    Maybe he thinks Jed York is cutting checks for all these guys?

  8. jag1959 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    “So far, Marshall is the first player to decline to stand during the NFL regular season. More will join him on Sunday.”

    I have no objection to someone sitting during the anthem if they feel compelled to do so. But Sunday is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it would be insulting in the extreme to do so then. Kneeling can be construed as a form of reverence, no issue there.

  9. bender4700 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    Yes, we saw. Didn’t care then either.

  10. canetic says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    He gives all Brandon Marshalls a bad name

  11. sfont1963 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    Now I want the Broncos to lose tonight. Disrespectful!

  12. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    This topic is starting to make me feel like John Belushi felt when he had a pencil in each nostril

  13. toekramp says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    Who cares

  14. shivablast says: Sep 8, 2016 8:53 PM

    I have no issue with this form of silent protest. It’s bringing awareness to an issue without violence, without blocking traffic, and without shoving a message down your throat.

    I watch football for the game. Not to scrutinize the behavior of the players.

    Carry on, gents.

  15. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Sep 8, 2016 8:53 PM

    “Look at me. Look at me. I can barely get by on my $10,000,000 signing bonus and $500,000 game check. This country sucks!”

  16. grantgoodman93 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:55 PM

    Go live elsewhere

  17. owlbania says: Sep 8, 2016 9:03 PM

    Yeah, that will help. How about protesting in front of gang hangouts, about the drugs & shootings?
    A bit tougher than not standing, huh?

  18. rcali says: Sep 8, 2016 9:03 PM

    It’s like if your name is “Brandon Marshall” you have less brain cells then everybody else.

  19. alphadux2u says: Sep 8, 2016 9:04 PM

    These guys are literally just kneeling. Silently. It’s all you clowns that are giving this story so much life. Relax. Stop getting yourself so worked up and let it go.

  20. Shinnbone says: Sep 8, 2016 9:07 PM

    Another future inmate.

  21. frankiesweep says: Sep 8, 2016 9:08 PM

    Never heard of him…. He’s being kept down though I’m sure of it.

  22. philly4for4blog says: Sep 8, 2016 9:10 PM

    He probably believes “Hands up don’t shoot” actually happened.

  23. ginashairycoot says: Sep 8, 2016 9:17 PM

    Why dont you go play in the cfl then

  24. valentino8100 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:17 PM

    It’s almost like a colony of ants, each just following the one in front of them.

  25. philly4for4blog says: Sep 8, 2016 9:40 PM

    Marshall needs his head examined.

  26. frankiesweep says: Sep 8, 2016 9:48 PM

    The good lord works in mysterious ways….

  27. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    Ironic that he is having is head examined afterwards.

  28. contra74isloosebutthole says: Sep 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    I hope everyone who kneels has a career ending injury. Than they can join their brothers in the unemployment line.

  29. Joey Blue says: Sep 8, 2016 10:18 PM

    My question is why do we have the national anthem at a sporting events in the first place [often performed poorly]?

    Football is a sport.
    Football is entertainment.
    and…..
    Football is big business.

  30. todde30 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:18 PM

    I hope he gets a concussion!

  31. 6stn says: Sep 8, 2016 10:36 PM

    He ought to take a knee…to the groin.

  32. ramfanmatt says: Sep 8, 2016 10:44 PM

    I hope sponsors are pressured to drop support. Only way to stop this.

  33. tjdvikes says: Sep 8, 2016 11:13 PM

    Saw this posting and turned off the game. Sponsors will NOT get my eyeballs with these disrespectful Kraperdick mimicking displays. Wake up NFL 48 year fan going away. USA hockey coach Tortorella has it right– If you don’t stand for the Anthem means you don’t play that game!

  34. nyneal says: Sep 8, 2016 11:38 PM

    flaccojumpball says:
    Sep 8, 2016 8:47 PM
    Yes!!! Keep on joining the cause. I hope the Ravens sit. The racist cops in the US do not deserve our respect. The racist anthem needs to be changed.

    ________________________________________

    What needs to change is you. You need to change your country. Get out!!!!!

  35. realkansan says: Sep 9, 2016 12:04 AM

    this is so hateful to God and country. move away to somewhere else if you hate america. stand fro our flag and soldiers who protect you and yours!!!

  36. rukkus1 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:26 AM

    “If ya don’t wurship muh holy red white and blue cloth, if ya don’t stand fer the song, and if ya question anyone of them government guys, or if ya think them guys in the blue costumes ever do wrong… jus get the heck out”

    what half of you sound like. Simple minded babies. Probably the same people who get mad about a violent protest, then when it’s a peaceful protest, somehow it’s still not good enough. For those of you wishing injury or worse on these people, or saying they should move, that’s an insult to anyone who’s ever served in the military.

    This is coming from a veteran of the Army, with a long lineage of military service.

  37. shivablast says: Sep 9, 2016 1:06 AM

    If you’re going to tell people that they either have to carry themselves with blind national pride or leave the country… what makes that different than the way North Korea treats their citizens?

  38. division2lbss says: Sep 9, 2016 3:34 AM

    stinkymcmulligan says:
    Sep 8, 2016 8:48 PM
    They are protesting something that does not exist

    ____________________________________________________

    Social injustice doesn’t exist? Forget the anthem, flags, NFL…. But let’s not be ridiculous…..

    Social injustice exist on all corners of the globe and it’s not just racial it’s classist. People in Russia are oppressed, people in Africa, people in US.

  39. kferguson2002 says: Sep 9, 2016 3:52 AM

    Some of the people commenting on these articles seem incredibly racist without coming out blatantly and saying it

  40. mauijim805 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:58 AM

    Get out of my country…

  41. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 9, 2016 5:40 AM

    POS

  42. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 9, 2016 5:40 AM

    Should be protesting in Chicago

  43. egomaniac247 says: Sep 9, 2016 6:15 AM

    “bringing awareness” yeah bc the media doesnt beat that horse to death by itself anyways….

  44. 1historian says: Sep 9, 2016 6:18 AM

    Who is Rodney Earl Sanders?

    Anybody know?

  45. deneb1973 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:52 AM

    I turned the game off when they showed Marshall intentionally disrespecting the millions of us who served – an intentional act and churlish insult. Don’t pretend this is anything but a public taunting of past American servicemen and the men and women who protect us. We’ve told the spoiled children that they have a “right” to incite and taunt those who have given their lives for their country in the name of political correctness.

    WILL SOMEONE PLEASE POST A LIST OF THE SPONSORS OF THE GAME? Boycott their products!

  46. Joey Blue says: Sep 9, 2016 1:14 PM

    NY Daily News :

    “In the past 100 years, the deadliest year of lynching for African-Americans was 1919 when 76 black men, women and children were lynched. Last year, at least 102 unarmed black people were killed in America and almost nobody was held accountable for any of those cases.”

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