Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall received a lot of flak for joining in Colin Kaepernick’s movement to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality against minorities in America.
Here’s just one example of the kind of criticism he has received.
— Eric Goodman (@EricGoodman) September 12, 2016
Despite the criticism, Marshall says he doesn’t have any regrets.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 12, 2016
Marshall also said he doesn’t regret losing one of his sponsors, the Air Academy Federal Credit Union. He also revealed he lost another endorsement deal due to his action.
"I just lost another endorsement, Centurylink….It's not going to make me lose any sleep"#Broncos Brandon Marshall
— Arran Andersen (@arranandersen) September 12, 2016
He told reporters that he’s “a man of faith” and that he feels “led to do this.”
Marshall made it clear that his decision to kneel during the anthem is not intended as a disrespectful gesture to the military or police.
“I’m not against the military, the police or America at all,” Marshall said, per Troy Renck of ABC 7 in Denver.
It is a positive sign that Marshall has plans to meet with the Denver Chief of Police.
One of the things stemming from the growing movement, which included Arian Foster and three other Miami Dolphins players Sunday, is that discourse has begun between these influential athletes and the police.
Marshall, like Kaepernick, hopes to make a difference in this way Meaningful change will never occur without actually taking this necessary step, among others.