Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says he means no disrespect to anyone with his decision not to stand for the national anthem.
After Thursday night’s game, at which Marshall joined the small group of NFL players who have declined to stand for the anthem, he said he views it as an opportunity to make a statement about discrimination.
“I’m not against the military,” Marshall said. “I’m not against the police or America. I’m against social injustice.”
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he is supportive of Marshall’s decision not to stand.
“Brandon is a great kid,” Kubiak said. “He is a leader of this team. I believe in my players.”
Colin Kaepernick sat out the national anthem during the preseason, citing concerns about police shootings and racial discrimination. A handful of other players around the NFL have indicated that they will join him in Week One.