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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall defends Colin Kaepernick, ‘one of the biggest patriots out there’

09.07.16 at 8:12 am ET

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Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

— Outspoken Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he will continue to stand for the national anthem, but he heaped praise on Colin Kaepernick for taking the opposite approach.

“This guy, he is one of the biggest patriots out there. Because he’s standing up for human rights,” Marshall said during an appearance on WFAN radio’s “Boomer and Carton” on Tuesday.

Esiason previously said Kaepernick’s protest was “disgraceful,” but Marshall disagreed.

“When I look at the American flag I see a bunch of fights. You know how much we have overcome,” Marshall said. “When you look at it the American flag is bigger than just one thing. And, you have the civil rights movement, you have sex trafficking, immigration law. There’s so many different fights there.”

Marshall said his fellow Jets have discussed the issue, and it’s a good discussion to have.

“This conversation is happening in every locker room across America and also across the world as well,” Marshall said. “This is a huge topic and I’m glad that [the conversation is] being had.”

Added Marshall: “I think President Obama said it best — that’s his constitutional right. That was Colin’s right and that’s all the other guy’s right. But I do think this is very thought-provoking for all. I think that the message was a little diluted because of how much respect a lot of us have for those that served . . . and gave us our freedoms, fought for our freedoms. But the message was clear.”

Meanwhile, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, the Concord native who is coaching the U.S. team at this month’s World Cup of Hockey, said he will not tolerate a similar protest from any of his Team USA skaters.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said.

— Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott might be punished by the NFL for his domestic issue in July, but he won’t be charged by authorities.

Elliott’s former girlfriend accused him of abusing during several instances, including an incident in a parked car in Columbus, Ohio, where Elliott had starred for Ohio State.

However, the Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday it will not pursue charges against the running back due to “conflicting and inconsistent information,” including multiple witnesses who said they did not observe an assault in the car. The office also said Elliott cooperated in the investigation and provided affidavits and photos to support his case.

Said Elliott’s mother, Stacy, in a statement to ESPN: “I’m very relieved. I thank the prosecutors for being fair, for weighing out the evidence as it was presented. I want to thank Ezekiel’s legal team for its diligence.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): Sept. 7, 1950, marked the major league debut of which Red Sox outfielder who would go on to have a movie made about him?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face. I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better.” — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, on Donald Trump’s criticism of Mexican immigrants

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Runs allowed by Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in six-plus innings in Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over the Padres, Buchholz’s first start since Aug. 23

‘NET RESULTS: With two outs in the ninth inning and the bases loaded with Blue Jays, Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner makes a leaping catch at the wall to preserve a 7-6 victory (allowing the Red Sox to tie Toronto for first place in the AL East).

With the Cardinals down to their last strike in the top of the ninth against the Pirates, pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter hits a home run to tie the game, then Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta follow with homers of their own for the win.

Braves rookie Dansby Swanson’s first major league home run is an inside-the-parker against the Nationals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmy Piersall, the subject of the 1957 biopic “Fear Strikes Out.”

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Buddy Holly, who famously died in a plane crash in 1959, was born on this day in 1936.

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