‘Absolutely’: Brandon Marshall Says Actions Worth Consequences

By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4)– It was a silent, symbolic protest against perceived social injustice. Now Brandon Marshall, a Denver Broncos linebacker, is paying the price after choosing not to stand during the national anthem before the season opener game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger asked him, “Were your actions worth the consequences?”

CBS4's Rick Sallinger interviews Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall (credit: CBS)

While removing a sweatshirt in the practice locker room Marshall replied, “Absolutely they were worth the consequences.”

Those consequences have already begun. The Air Academy Federal Credit Union promptly dropped Marshall as its spokesman.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“I was kind of shocked to read this morning that Air Academy took away my endorsement, but it was expected because they are part of the Air Force, I think,” said Marshall.

The Air Academy Credit Union President wrote on Facebook, “While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization or membership.”

There was some reaction on social media that supported Marshall’s actions.

Marshall called it, “A lot of positive feedback for me and what I believe in. A lot of people are proud of me because stand up for what believe in.”

But that’s not all, Marshall said, “I had a lot of negative, a lot of racist comments calling me the ‘n’ word, derogatory words.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

He said he plans to back up his protest with actions including donations and work with the community.

The protest distracted from a big Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers.

It also blindsided coach Gary Kubiak who had a talk with his player before telling reporters, “Brandon has the right to his beliefs and I am going to keep us focused on the football.”

Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos looks on from the bench in the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos looks on from the bench in the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Marshall says he will consult with his college fraternity brother Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers on how this might continue and when it should end.

Marshall added,” Let’s come up with a strategy for all these games.”

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Nancy Wines says:

    I plan to not watch any football game where a football player kneels in protest during the National Anthem. That is MY constitutional right. As a retired military officer and patriotic American I am deeply offended by someone like this who is making millions of $ using his position as a football player to disrespect my flag and my National Anthem. Spend a week out in the field in Afghanistan or Iraq with men and women who give a damn about their country and you might find another way to fight social injustice. Get a life and grow up

  2. This is not about 1st Amendment rights. Or one player’s “perception” of social injustice in this country. We have a long-standing, wide-spread problem where one group of people is treated as disposable. We will not pretend that these atrocities don’t exist just so that the beneficiaries of the inequality can remain comfortable.

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