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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos LB Brandon Marshall joins anthem protest; Seahawks planning ‘demonstration of unity’

09.09.16 at 7:51 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Marlins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Maryland at Florida International, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Louisville at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hockey: World Cup exhibition, United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPN)


— Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall became the latest NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem, performing his protest before the season-opening game Thursday night in Denver.

Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, said he “felt it was the right thing to do.”

“I’m not against the military, police or America. I’m against social injustice,” he said, adding: “I think the more people do it, the more it’s seen — there’s going to be hate mail, hate comments, but at the same time, people will talk about it. Some people are going to stand by me, some people aren’t. But I know my loved ones, the people that love me and care about me, they’re going to stand behind me, and that’s all that matters to me.

“A lot of stuff that happened this summer, the police brutality, that sparked a conversation. We can talk all we want, but actions speak louder than words, so when [Kaepernick] took a knee, or sat down, he got people thinking. Then he was able to say everything he felt, everything he meant.”

Meanwhile, the anthem talk Thursday centered on the Seahawks, who revealed that they are planning a team-wide display of some kind before Sunday’s opener.

Tweeted Doug Baldwin: To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.

Asked by reporters what the team had planned, Baldwin would only say: “You’ll see on Sunday.”

Former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who has spent time with the Seahawks and most recently talked to Kapernick about his protest (and reportedly encouraged him to kneel rather than sit during the anthem), said he was impressed by the Seahawks’ team unity.

“It has to be a team-first approach in order to get anything done,” Boyer told Fox Sports Radio. “Whether it is Kaepernick’s mission-changing policy or changing things on the field, you have to be unified. Showing a common goal between different walks of life is how you influence change.

“I spoke with the players, and they realize that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation’s history. The Seahawks, and probably every team, will be honoring those who serve in camouflage and also those in blue who served on such a difficult day. Shortly after 9/11, our country seemed more unified than I had ever experienced and was the most unified it has been since I have been alive. Since that date, we have grown farther apart in our unity. Standing together this Sunday is key to making progress. What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification.

— Bruce Miller, who was released by the 49ers after being arrested early Monday morning, was charged Thursday with multiple accounts of assault and battery.

The 29-year-old Miller allegedly attacked a 70-year-old man and his son at a San Francisco hotel after being told he was trying to enter the wrong room. Miller, who police said was intoxicated, was charged with using a deadly weapon, a cane.

Miller’s agent, Jack Beale, told the media there was more to the case but did not elaborate.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 9, 1960, the Patriots played the first regular-season game in franchise history, losing to the Broncos 13-10 before a crowd of 21,597 at which area stadium?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think it was a very cool gesture by Mr. Kraft and the team. I’ll be excited to be back out there in October when I am there for real. It was a really cool thing to do. I was certainly very humbled and flattered to see it. On social media, I’ve seen quite a bit of it. I’ve yet to see it in person.” — Tom Brady, on the banner of him the Patriots installed on the Gillette Stadium lighthouse

STAT OF THE DAY: $100,000 — Amount of signing bonus paid by the Mets to Tim Tebow, who will report to the Instructional League in Florida on Sept. 18

‘NET RESULTS: Tyler Austin hits a walk-off home run as the surging Yankees continue to close the gap in the wild card standings with a win over the Rays.

The Indians score a pair of runs on a wild pitch that should have been a foul ball, but the umpires failed to see it hit off the bat. Astros manager A.J. Hinch gets tossed for arguing the non-reviewable call.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Boston University’s Nickerson Field

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Redding, who died in a plane crash in December 1967, three days after recording the eventual No. 1 hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” was born on this day in 1941.

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