NFL player takes a knee during anthem, then loses an endorsement deal

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick walks off the field after warm ups before an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. The Santa Clara police chief has vowe

In Thursday's first competitive game of the 2016 season, Denver's Marshall was the only player from either the Broncos or the Carolina Panthers not to stand while The Star-Spangled Banner played prior to kick-off.

That'd be Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall-not the New York Jets wide receiver-who took a knee during the national anthem before winning in the league's season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

A Colorado credit union has parted ways with Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall following his actions Thursday.

"Colin is my fraternity brother, my ex-teammate", the University of Nevada alum said.

It is interesting that while Marshall explicitly said in his post-game comments that his protest was not aimed at the military or police he was dropped by a sponsor with very strong military connections. I could lose my credibility in my community when I want to do things.

"The message is I'm against social injustice".

"I thought about it all the way up until when the lady was going to start singing", Marshall said after the Broncos' 21-20 win.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick middle kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. The Santa Clara

The move has caused controversy, with some lauding players for standing up for what they believe in and others saying it was disrespectful.

"I knew what territory it came with, and I chose to do it".

"A lot of stuff that happened this summer, the police brutality, that sparked a conversation. Then he was able to say everything he felt, everything he meant".

Many Americans saw Kaepernick's gesture as a sign of disrespect to the flag and criticism was widespread, but he has been supported by several fellow athletes, including Megan Rapinoe, a soccer player who knelt before her game on Sunday.

"I want our guys to stand for the national anthem".

"We had a good talk this morning", Kubiak said. "Some people did decide not to, but I did". "Like I told you guys last night, he's a great kid". But I don't babysit guys. "I was like, hmm, they're going to get on me. Be your best self'".

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