Broncos LB Brandon Marshall takes knee during national anthem

In front of a national audience during the NFL’s kickoff game to open up the 2016 season, linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee on the sidelines during the singing of the national anthem.

Marshall appeared to be the only player on the Broncos or the Carolina Panthers to make the gesture.

Brandon Marshall

In a statement to Pro Football Talk, the Broncos said, “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”

It’s unclear what Marshall’s motivations were, but several players have made similar gestures since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

Kaepernick, who played college football with Marshall at Nevada, said he couldn’t stand for a flag that represents wrongdoings committed against people of color.

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