Broncos’ Brandon Marshall takes knee during National Anthem

DENVER, CO (WCMH) — Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is the latest professional athlete to boycott the National Anthem.

Marshall was seen on one knee when the anthem was sung before Thursday night’s matchup between the Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

The Broncos issued a statement, via NBC Sports:

“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision,” they said.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to start the boycott. He was later joined by 49ers safety Eric Reid, Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane and women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

While the protest grows, here in Columbus, Team USA and Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella made it clear yesterday that he will not tolerate national anthem protests.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” Tortorella said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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