News was made before the kick off of last night’s NFL season opener in Denver when Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the national anthem, following the lead of Colin Kaepernick. Marshall, who went to the University of Nevada with Kaepernick, said he was protesting racial injustice just like his friend, and that kneeling during the anthem was the best way he knew how to be heard.
Predictably, a lot of people didn’t like that, and when he was sent to the locker room to have a potential head injury evaluated, they celebrated.
Marshall was cleared and returned to the game. That was a courtesy not extended to Cam Newton, the Panthers quarterback who took an exceedingly vicious barrage of hits to his head over the course of the game.
Only some of these hits drew flags on the defenders, and none of them led to Newton being removed from the game and evaluated for a concussion. This despite what is supposed to be a new and improved concussion protocol in the NFL this season.
The league put out a statement Friday morning saying that medical experts were in constant communication with the Panthers' sideline during the game and decided there “were no indications of a concussion.”
But the evidence to the contrary is striking. Just look at the goofy ass glasses Newton wore to the post game press conference.