In a show of solidarity with former teammate Colin Kaepernick, Brandon Marshall protested the “Star-Spangled Banner” and was met with plenty of criticism on social media.
According to CBS Denver, Marshall took a knee as the other players stood for the national anthem during the Broncos’ Thursday night (Sept. 8) game against the Carolina Panthers. The linebacker suffered an injury in the middle of the game but was later cleared to enter the field. Kaepernick’s allegiance to the Black Lives Matter movement has ruffled feathers in and out of the NFL world. In the same breath, he’s also gained a wide range of fans from the youth to our nation’s veterans.
Marshall received similar praise for his move but faced a number of hateful and racist comments. Black Sports Online reported trolls were so riled about their racism they addressed Brandon Marshall of the Jets instead. Marshall was called the “n-word” paired with other racial epithets.
The NFL released a statement after Marshall’s protest. “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision,” the statement read. More silent protests could be on the horizon with Seattle Seahawk’s Bobby Wagner hinting that the entire team may take a knee during their upcoming game. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner disclosed that his squad may unite for a team-wide display of unity. “Anything that we want to do, it’s not going to be individual,” he said. “It’s going to be a team thing because that’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”