Other than San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was probably the second-most visible face of the national anthem protest from some NFL players.
Marshall has decided to stand, though he hasn’t stopped fighting for social and racial justice. Marshall explained on his Instagram account:
“For the 1st half of the season, I’ve been taking a knee for the National Anthem to raise awareness for social injustice and to start conversation about what all of us can do to make a positive change. I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy. I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements.
“Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem — not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become. Just because I am standing doesn’t mean the work will end. There’s much work to be done. I’ll continue to recognize and support organizations that are stepping up as leaders and making a real difference in our community, and I will do my part to be there for those in need.”
In addition Marshall singled out the Idriss Stelley Foundation, “a grassroots organization in the Bay Area that offer free support to victims of police violence,” as an organization he’ll be supporting. He said he’d be standing for Idriss Stelley Foundation and the late O’Shaine Evans, an Oakland man who was shot and killed by a San Francisco police officer in 2014.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak stood next to Marshall on Sunday night during the anthem. On the television broadcast, NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said Kubiak did so because he wanted to show his own support for Marshall. According to Tafoya, Kubiak said he was proud of Marshall expressing his feelings and how he dealt with the backlash.
When the players started kneeling for the anthem or showing support for the movement in other ways, like raising their fists, one question nobody seemed to know the answer to was when the protest would end. Marshall has provided his own answer. He’ll continue to support the cause in many ways, just while standing for the national anthem.
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