CINCINNATI (CBS4) – Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem again before the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Several NFL players are kneeling in protest to what they see are social injustices in the country.
“I feel like this is the right platform. This is our only platform to really be heard. And I feel a lot of times people want us to just shut up and entertain them, shut up and play football. But we have voices as well,” Marshall previously said. “We’re actually educated individuals that went to college. So when we have an opinion and we speak it, I feel a lot of people bash us for what we have to say.”
Two sponsors have dropped Marshall for kneeling during the anthem.
One of the sponsors, CenturyLink, said in a statement that “whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation.”
They believe the national anthem is one of those times.
“It’s a national conversation,” Marshall has said. “People say it’s going to divide our nation and I think it’s going to do just the opposite.”
Recently, Marshall spoke with students about it as part of his #TackleChange initiative.
Broncos safety T.J. Ward also protested today by raising his fist in the air during the anthem, a protest done by many other NFL players instead of kneeling.
Marshall has not said for how long he’ll continue to kneel during the national anthem before games.