Brandon Marshall national anthem

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This is becoming a trend.

More than a week after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national headlines and significant social ripples by sitting (and then kneeling) during the playing of the national anthem, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall made his own statement Thursday night before the NFL’s regular season officially kicked off.

That’s because Marshall took Kaepernick’s lead and kneeled during the “Star Spangled Banner” on Thursday night.

Marshall and Kaepernick were college teammates at Nevada, and Marshall was quick to support Kaepernick immediately after he first made news last month.

“I support Colin. I support ‘Kaep.’ I understand where he’s coming from,” Marshall said, via the Denver Post. “I definitely see what he’s saying. I support him on that. I’m not mad at him for that. Some people are bashing him on the internet, but I’m not bashing him at all. I support him.”

Marshall made that clear with his decision Thursday, and unsurprisingly, Twitter responded.

During the final preseason game last week, Kaepernick’s teammate, Eric Reid, also kneeled during the national anthem, along with Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s jersey is the No. 1 seller in the NFL.
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