Broncos' Brandon Marshall says he got threatening letter disguised as fan mail

Brandon Marshall kneels during the national anthem at the Broncos' game against Carolina in Sept. 2016 (Photo: NBC Sports/ MGN)

Broncos linebacker and Nevada alum Brandon Marshall said he received a threatening letter full of racist language following his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

The letter, captured in photos published to Instagram, called Marshall "worthless" and repeatedly uses racial slurs and offensive language.

"We are 'channeling' a devastating hard hit for you!!" it reads. "Something to make you an invalid in a wheel chair!"

Marshall took a knee when the national anthem was played before Denver's opening regular season game against Carolina in September, joining fellow Wolf Pack alum Colin Kaepernick in a protest against racial inequality.

The letter came in an envelope purporting to be from "Mrs. Jackson's sixth-grade class" in Denver and scribbled on the back were the words "We love you, Mr. Marshall."

That was designed to make sure he read the letter, Marshall told reporters Friday, adding he suspects it was actually written by an adult.

"The hatred by some against people of color is one of the reasons we are where we're at in the world today, and they wonder why we feel the way we do and take the stances that we take," Marshall wrote on Instagram.

As the letter spread online, a few Twitter users decided to respond with letters offering support for Marshall.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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