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Denver Broncos player catches Kaepernick fever, kneels during national anthem

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Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall decided to make a statement during Thursday’s season opening game.

As the national anthem played in Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Marshall kneeled as every other player remained standing.

Marshall is the first player to refuse to stand during the NFL regular season. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem during the preseason, making his controversial statement about police shootings and racial discrimination.

Marshall, who was a teammate of Kaepernick’s when he played college football at Nevada, said he believed in what Kaepernick was trying to do, according to ESPN.

“Colin is my fraternity brother, my ex-teammate, and I believe in what he’s trying to do. I believe in his actions. So I definitely want to stand by him,” Marshall said.

Marshall gave his reasons for his decision which, he said, came after a lot of prayer.

“I’m not against the military, I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice,” he said, adding that he would be donating an “undisclosed amount” of money to charities that help veterans.

The Denver Broncos released a statement saying,  “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision,” CBS4 News reported.

Marshall said he will continue to kneel during the national anthem as “this is the right platform” to make a statement against social injustice.

“This is our only platform to really be heard,” he said, adding that “people just want us to just shut up and entertain them, you know, just shut up and play football.”

“At the end of the day I’m definitely happy with my decision,” Marshall said. “I prayed about it and I felt like God led me to do this.”

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