So it should come as no surprise that it came up during last night’s NFL season opener between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who was former college teammates with the SF player, decided to side with Colin and kneel during the anthem in his game!
The protest was started by Kaepernick to help raise awareness for police brutality and social injustice against African-Americans as well as other minorities.
Obviously this caused quite a stir online, but the oddest backlash was when irritated fans tried to take their anger out on Brandon via Twitter — and tweeted the WRONG Brandon Marshall!
See, @BMarshall is a wide receiver on the New York Jets, but many fans didn’t stop to double check before tweeting some vitriol! Some of the hate included:
@BMarshall thanks for making mental illness your priority and for supporting Kaepernick tonight. I am also a Kappa and UCF Alumni and Army.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ LeRoy Glenn Prentice (@LeRoyGPrentice) September 9, 2016
Though the 49ers QB didn’t tweet out himself regarding Marshall’s act, he did retweet a positive message in support of it:
Shout out to Brandon Marshall for showing principled resistance and solidarity. Salute!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) September 9, 2016
After the game, Marshall’s team released a statement to the NFL’s James Palmer regarding their player’s decision saying:
“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”
Last night’s kneeling comes only a day after Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Cliff Avril revealed they’re considering not standing during the anthem for their first game.
What are your thoughts on more players joining Kaepernick’s protest??