DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt again during the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Following the Sept. 8 game against the Carolina Panthers, Marshall explained why he’s taking a knee.
“I’m not against the military,” Marshall said. “I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice.”
Several other NFL players are also protesting, either by taking a knee or raising their fists during the anthem.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to do so during the preseason, he said, was a protest against the way African-Americans and other minorities are treated in American society.
“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,” Marshall said.
Marshall is doing other things beyond kneeling. On Wednesday he met with Denver Police Chief Robert White to discuss his stance.
“He had questions as relates to policing: Why do police do what they do? Which obviously I was in position to give him reasonable explanation,” said White. “He was curious about officers getting involved in incidents, they’re controversial and they’re still on the job, or their actions are illegal.”
On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities. In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference. I’ve also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders. But, it’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me. My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more. I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs. You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange. I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.
Brandon also posted to Instagram, on Thursday, saying he’s making a $300 donation for every tackle he completes this season.
“It’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us,” Marshall wrote. “Together we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me.”
His progress, and where the money is going, he said, can be tracked with the #TackleChange hashtag.
As a result of kneeling during the national anthem, Marshall has lost two sponsors.