Brandon Marshall didn't give his parents, teammates, or employers prior notice that he would take a knee during the national anthem Thursday.
The Denver Broncos linebacker also did not consult with his college teammate, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to publicly protest police brutality and the oppression of African-Americans and other people of color in the United States by sitting during the anthem.
“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.”
A handful of other players around the NFL have stated that they will also said they will join Kaepernick in his protest during Week 1 action.
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