National Anthem Protests Spread.

The Fifth Column

CREDIT: AP Photo/Stephen Brashear


When the NFL season kicked off Thursday night, Denver Broncos defensive back Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem.

On Sunday, Marshall’s colleagues around the league got their chance to weigh in on the spreading act of protest popularized by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this preseason. Several took that opportunity, in varying ways.

Athletes at professional and junior levels across multiple sports have followed Kaepernick’s lead since he announced he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color” in August. In addition to protesting the treatment of minority Americans by police around the country, Kaepernick plans to donate his first $1 million in salary this season to non-profit groups working in communities especially affected by police brutality.

On Sunday, Miami running back Arian Foster, safety Michael Thomas, wide…

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