DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says he’ll kneel again before this Sunday’s game during the national anthem.
Marshall spoke with CBS4’s Michael Spencer about it, saying he’s also planning on meeting with Denver Police Chief Robert White on Tuesday.
Marshall sent out a tweet after speaking with Spencer with a caption that reads, “For everyone who’s questioning my patriotism.”
An attached image quotes America’s second president, Thomas Jefferson: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
Following last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Marshall said he feels like the games are the right platform to protest.
“This is our only platform to really be heard. And I feel a lot of times people want us to shut up and entertain them, shut up and play football. But we have voices as well. We’re actually educated individuals that went to college. So when we have an opinion and we speak it, I feel a lot of people bash us for what we have to say.”
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Several other players kneeled or raised their right fists in protest this weekend. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who both sat and knelt during the national anthem in the preseason, was the first, saying the gesture was a protest against the way African-Americans and other minorities are treated in American society.
“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.
The Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts at 2:25 p.m. on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The game will be broadcast on CBS4.