DENVER – Embattled NFL protester Colin Kaepernick received support for his very public cause in the first regular season NFL game in the form of a college teammate.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem Thursday night prior to the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos’ game against Super Bowl 50 foe the Carolina Panthers. Marshall appeared to be the only player on either sideline to make a protest.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 9, 2016
Marshall played at Nevada with Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers backup got national attention for either sitting or kneeling during the national anthem during the preseason. Kaepernick has been very open about his position, saying he is protesting oppression and violence against people of color by law enforcement in the country.
Kaepernick has remained steadfast in his stance, saying he will continue not to stand for the national anthem until he sees social change. Marshall has been supportive of his friend during his protest.
Did he ever say he grew up in a bad situation?Dont speak if u dont have anything relevant to say about the situation https://t.co/HLyTaInLBl
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh54) August 30, 2016
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) September 3, 2016
San Francisco teammate Eric Reid knelt with Kaepernick prior to the final preseason game at San Diego and Seattle defensive back Jeremy Lane knelt before the Seahawks’ preseason finale at Oakland. Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin has indicated the entire Seattle team will make some sort of stance prior to its home game Sunday against Miami.
Marshall’s gesture Thursday night has showed players are committed to supporting Kaepernick during the regular season.