DENVER, Colo. -- Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos became the latest NFL player to take a knee in protest during the singing of the national anthem before a game when he did it before Thursday night’s nationally televised game between the Broncos and Carolina Panthers in Denver.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to stage the protest, first sitting "While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision," the Broncos said in a statement in response to Marshall's action.
Last week, Kaepernick was joined by teammate Eric Reed and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane in kneeling during the final preseason games.
The Seahawks are planning a pregame “demonstration of unity” that will “honor the country and flag,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said in a tweet on Thursday.
The Seahawks open the regular season at home on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams in the second game of a Monday night doubleheader.then kneeling during the playing of the anthem before preseason games.
Kaepernick said he was trying to bring attention to “racism and police brutality.”
Marshall, who went to the University of Nevada with Kaepernick, had to leave the game in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion but was cleared to return.