Colin Kaepernick's protest against racism and police brutality in the United States has had him gain criticism and support since he first decided to remain sitting during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner". As it happens, the Denver Broncos appear to be the team with the most support for him in the NFL.
The Denver Post reported Friday that support for the embattled 49ers quarterback is currently "flowing through" the Broncos locker room.
Kaepernick has publicly stated he won't support anything that "oppresses black people and people of color."
One the Broncos showing support for his protest is Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who was Kaepernick's teammate while playing college ball at Nevada.
“I support Colin. I support ‘Kaep.’ I understand where he’s coming from," Marshall said. "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."
On Friday morning, the Players Tribune published an article by Broncos left tackle , Russell Okung who wrote in defense of Kaepernick. Below is an excerpt.
"Colin’s goal was to use his platform to raise the visibility of issues that cannot and should not fall by the wayside as the media moves on to other news. He’s not the first athlete to speak up, and he won’t be the last. For those of us who have witnessed and lived injustice, struggled with racism, and experienced police brutality, we have an obligation and a responsibility to make our voices heard. In my case, it was always my dream to play professional football but ever since my dream came true, I’ve walked a tightrope between fans’ expectations of me on and off the field. Those expectations aren’t always harmonious when they collide with reality."
Like it or not, it appears that the Broncos are supportive of Kaepernick's idea to use his status as a way of bringing light to issues he believe are important in this country.
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