Brandon Marshall Says Anthem Protest Wasn’t Against Military or Police
Here we go again.
Thursday night, the regular season opener for the 2016 NFL season was marred in controversy as cameras panned to each sideline and captured Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
Marshall is the former teammate of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who originally set this Anthem protest in motion during the preseason.
This is what Marshall had to say after the game:
“Colin is my fraternity brother, my ex-teammate and I believe in what he’s trying to do. I believe in his actions. So I definitely want to stand by him, but at the same time I didn’t want to just do it as far as I’m gonna take a knee,” Marshall told reporters.
“I will also donate to programs for veterans,” he explained. “I’m gonna be active in this.”
“I’m not against the military, I’m not against the police, or America. I’m just against social injustice,” he said. “Honestly, I’m a man of faith, so I prayed about it long and hard and I felt like that was the right thing to do.”
During the game, the Broncos issued a statement regarding Marshall’s action.
“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”