DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is out a sponsorship deal after he kneeled during the national anthem before Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Air Academy Federal Credit Union posted to Facebook that, “although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) has ended our partnership.”

“I’m not against the military,” Marshall said after the game. “I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice.”

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)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the anthem during the preseason, a protest against the way African-Americans and other minorities are treated in American society, has had a ripple effect throughout the NFL, with other players following suit.

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“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.

“While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership,” AAFCU posted. “We wish Brandon well on his future endeavors.”

The Denver Broncos released a statement about the matter to NBC, the network that broadcasted the game:

While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.

On Friday Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the kneeling, saying Marshall “has a right to his beliefs, and I’m going to keep us focused on football.”

Marshall says he’ll continue to refuse to stand during the anthem.

“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. 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.”


Comments (58)
  1. Bill Eggers says:

    He is correct when he says people (fans) watch the game to be entertained. This is one of the MAIN reasons people are disgusted with the players. As a Fan, I PAY to be entertained. I made a conscious choice to pay for a ticket or subscribe to a cable/satellite provider that carries the games. I did NOT pay to listen to the players use the game as a political forum to air their griefs. I PAID to be entertained not to watch a political exercise.

    If the players want to discuss racial, political, gender, or other issues that are near and dear to them, PAY for the air time on any channel YOU choose. That is the Freedom that you are accorded. You choose to take away my freedom of choice to be entertained by a ball game; an escape from the daily routines of work or politics or family issues. Do your protesting on YOUR time, NOT the time I allocate to relax and enjoy a few hours of escapism.

  2. Ted Offord says:

    If you can’t salute your country’s past, then you should pray for it’s future!

  3. You troglodytes are amazing!

  4. norma littep says:

    Another brilliant ball player heard from! Their college education were probably all gotten on sports scholarships. Wasted money! Air heads

  5. steve says:

    He’s choosing the wrong platform. Don’t do this on the day of a game. Fans don’t deserve this infringement on the only time they have for any pleasure with their families. Pray about it some more is what i would tell him. Be more creative and do it on your own time.

  6. Jbrackett says:

    I am NOT going to buy any products that is advertised on TV for the NFL… Join me in this endeavor. Get em in the pocketbook.

  7. Nina Bryant says:

    This is not a social injustice platform you BIG BIG STUPID DUMBA$$. If you really feel this way just sign all this years paychecks over to the vets to show them and the rest of us true Americans you do care for them.

  8. Khalil s. says:

    Be a Man. Lead and teach respect by example. Stand still facing the flag with your hand over your heart. Never use any excuse to disrespect the American flag. Men and women fought with some giving their lives so you can have the opportunity to play a game like football for millions,

  9. Carole Coone says:

    Really, he’s protesting social injustice? He’s making millions of $$ and he’s protesting social injustice. Why isn’t he out visiting schools in impoverished neighborhoods, visiting boys and girls clubs, giving them some of those millions to pay for scholarships so they can get out of poverty. Follow the Florida State Seminole player and visit the schools and make a statement by helping some youngster feel like they are worth more by sitting with them, talking with them and showing them it is possible to get of their situation by education; tell them to stay in school and get a good education. There is so much he can do to draw attention to doing some good. More than just taking a knee when it’s time to support the country that has done so much for him. He says he is educated, but he doesn’t show it.

  10. Carole Coone says:

    Why do they keep putting these idiots on the news. If they want to protest and not support our sacred flag, then let them stay in the locker room until the National Anthem is over, then have them come onto the field. Their absence will be sorely missed.

  11. Jerry says:

    The NFL can nip this in the bud. They can make it a requirement in each and every contract to stand during the national anthem. This is just plain disrespectful. If the opression is so bad, how come these players got sports scholarships and are making millions?

  12. Tom says:

    i wish the News and Sports channels wouldn’t even bother covering this. Just causes more division.

  13. boltuprite says:

    You makes your choices……

  14. Sun One says:

    Our National Anthem is not about social justice or injustice. It’s about RESPECT for the many thousands of our people who have given their lives to keep our country free. This person has bought into the Soros and his minions’ plan to bring down our country. If he feels so strongly perhaps he should become an icon to promote education, literacy and personal discipline in our young to help them achieve something more than baggy jeans and gangs and rappers as their idols and dead end way of life.

  15. Ncrdbl1 says:

    The way many black are treated in society is due to the way SOME black behave in society. It has been shown that police are SEVEN TIMES as likely to face confrontation from a black traffic stop than a non black. They are more likely to have their lives or physical being placed in danger from black traffic stops.

    The black community across the nation has a higher crime rate than the rest of the population. Community leaders demand something be done about the crime problem. Then when something is done they are the first one to turn around and accuse the police of targeting blacks.

    The most important thing the community can do in order to change the way the police react to those in the black community is to clean up the black community.QUIT defending thugs who break the law and rob steal and kill. These thugs who instigated the BLM movement are the same one who is responsible for the majority of the crime and killings in the black community. And many in the BLM are themselves just like the thugs. Case in point the BLM leader in Memphis was wanted on two felony warrants.

    Community leaders need to teach the community that you do not automatically support someone just because they are black. If you do all you can end up with is a group of youth and young adults who cannot see anything but color and who feels that violence is justified..The latest incident video showed the thug had a gun in his hand and even pointed it at the officer. But that does not matter to community leaders. They automatically jump to the defense of the thug. As long as the community leaders continue to support these thugs blindly then the police MUST look at anyone in the community with extra caution.

    If you want the black community to be looked at the same as many other communities then get rid of the cancer that is eating up the community. Quit supporting thuggery blindly. Clean up the small but growing cancer which is causing the black community to deteriorate.

    Best place to start is for the parents to start holding kids responsible for their actions when they are younger and teach them right and wrong. Second place to start is for the black ministers to get back into the church and teach the word of God instead of trying to be the next MLK. Actually saw where an activist minister stated that it is OK for blacks to steal from Wal-mart or K-Mart. Maybe if he would go back to teaching the word of God to his congregation he would know the 8th commandment is Thou Shalt Not Steal

  16. Ronportsmouth says:

    No marshal I am not asking you to shut up but yea, I do want you to entertain me with football. Your personal opinion is your own and I don’t watch to hear your opinion or anyone else’s. when I tune in watch a sports event. That is what you a paid to do and if there was social injustice you would get paid a lot less but that is the Free Market system and if you don’t like it then go back to the neighborhood.

  17. Old White Guy says:

    Protest isn’t new. Remember the civil rights protests? Or the protests in South Africa against apartheid? Or the Occupy movement? In retrospect, those who treated the protesters harshly are a cultural embarrassment, and the abusers are seen as criminals. Kaepernick and the others aren’t disrespecting anyone or anything, they’re being forthright about what’s wrong. Today. It’s our national values being ignored in the treatment of minorities that is the subject of their protest. My twenty-five years of military service give me a different perspective, perhaps, but I approve.

  18. M. Annie Neiner says:

    Free speech, freedom is fine, but in the work place, and he is at work, you should not be able to use your employer as a way to protest.

  19. Pauline Jensen says:

    I think it is time for all football fans to boycott the games that have players that refused to honor the flag that flies for their freedom to sit on their haunches. They like the millions of dollars they make while we have men and women dying for their right to do that. Do they not know that injustice is sometimes caused by people’s own actions, How about all the murders that go on in large cities against their own people, why don’t they protest that instead of disrespecting the flag.

  20. That’s OK Branden. God will bless you for being unashamed!

  21. sam43231 says:

    What does he think the N in NFL stands for? These players get paid a lot to play football. Nobody gets paid for holding a protest while on the job. If he wants to protest or help he should do it on his own time. How could Air Force Credit Union possibly continue to sponsor him when he disrespects the National Anthem? You have freedom of speech, but when you use it to disrespect your country, don’t expect cheering.

  22. Mary says:

    “They are educated people who went to college . . . .” I’m laughing so hard I can barely type.

  23. While this is all well, why don’t they use some of the large sums of money they make to start an organization to fight against social injustice. If they truly believe this, put your money into it and fight for what is right. I am sure , it could probably get them a lot farther than sitting or taking a knee.

  24. Glen Rackley says:

    Good on him! Anyone protesting “Black Lives Matter” is absolutely an ignorant racist

    1. Tonia Johnson says:

      Glen Rackley, then I guess you are an Ignorant Racist because ALL LIVES MATTER! I am Native American and my family has had horrible mistreatment. Tens of thousands of my family died because we had to walk The Trail Of Tears. Every time my family was given land we had to move because white men and colored men too decided our land was too good for us. I should be complaining. I’m not, and most Natives wouldn’t because it is in the PAST. Get over it and move on. Like I said, All Lives Matter!

  25. Boo says:

    You don’t have to be smart to get a athletic scholarship. I wonder what his GPA was!

  26. DW Smith says:

    As Educated as he is with as many followers/fans he has/had you would think he would be smart enough to find a forum where his voice could ACTUALLY be heard if he wants to protest something. Disrespecting the country that has made him a multimillionaire just doesnt seem to be the proper platform in my mind. If you lack that much respect for this country. MOVE!

  27. Jon May says:

    Darn…he was going to use his endorsement money to fight social injustice and donate half his overpaid salary. He even said he “prayed about it” Guess God took care of your endorsement deal. How’s that working for you loser?

  28. William says:

    He’s wearing a Bronco football uniform. He’s playing in a football game, He’s paid to be a football player. There are lots of athletics that support communities causes and activities. They don’t do it in their football jersey, until the team and the NFL approvals it . Using your sport for political gains is not right.. The NFL should simply say, we pay everyone to play football, not make political statements. You can do that on your time.. People do not turn in to watch a game to see anyone disrespect our nation.. If you don’t want to stand for our flag, then you need to go find another job.. If the NFL pays your salary, you will show some respect. You have the right, but not on my dime. That’s what the NFL should say.

  29. When are the NFL owners going to listen to their fans and ban personal political expression while these people are on the clock, at work, getting paid???? People want a fun escape and to be able to watch a GAME!! REMEMBER WHEN GAMES USED TO BE FUN???

  30. Dkf says:

    He made the choice! Pretty sure he can survive without the money ! Boo hoo for him, not!

  31. judie buchalski says:

    Against police officers. Nothing but a punk. Cant, stand during the national athem, you shouldn’t be able to play. I wound not watch you play if you paid me too. And im sick of hearing about black lives matter. We all mater. But I taught my children to respect the police and not to rob or hurt other people. I bet your parents are proud of you. Oh thats right you were adopted by a WHITE couple. And gave you a better life. God bless s America!

  32. Larry Cooke says:

    IDIOT!!!!! You’re taking a knee against an anthem of a country that believes and supports the problem you’re protesting against…. or the country you’re protesting against I should say. You say you’re educated… you’re a college grad… then use some of that brain matter for something that really matters… like get out and form a movement to support your belief! Put some of those millions you get towards the communities that are affected by helping them get education…. a technical ability so they can be productive citizens instead of drug dealers and street thugs. You ARE getting paid to entertain us… PERIOD. We will NEVER care about your beliefs when it comes to football…. unless you’re supporting the very country, men and women that have died to protect the very freedom that affords you to play a game and make millions.

  33. dustyk103 says:

    Liberal stupidity is exercising freedom to spit on freedom.

  34. Meremortal says:

    “Raising awareness” and protesting are what non-accomplishers do to pretend they are doing something important. It’s easy and effortless, just kneel down for 90 seconds. It helps no one and changes nothing. Actually helping people takes work, time and effort.

    1. MAfarmgirl says:


  35. So, you’re gonns disrespect your uncle’s service to speak out about people disrespecting your uncles….smart.
    That Anthem is a sign of respect to them and the country they served. For less than 2.43 an hour.
    Military’s on call 24 / 7 / 365. There are NO time outs, half times, in a firefight. Take their pay and comp[are it to your own before you speak. In that respect YOU out rank a lot of us.

  36. hal says:

    he is a dumb ass football player trying to get attention ,no one cares what he thinks are says. if he goes down, the nfl will push him out of the way and put someone else in there, and he will be tatally forgotten. what does he think !!

  37. T.M. says:

    If you’re so educated, use your college degree to come up with a platform which does not disrespect the flag of this GREAT country. You and the others doing this are acting like a bunch of little children who had their ball taken from them. I’m a die hard fan of the Broncos, but don’t condone your actions……young children look up to you, and this is a shame…..if you don’t like it pack your bags and take your millions and leave this country……maybe then you’ll find somewhere that will REALLY “Oppress” you.

  38. This moon cricket kneeling during a time he is suppose to show his respect is NEVER GOING TO GAIN ONE DAM THING FOR HIS SO CALLED CAUSE! No one ever gained a thing from being disrespectful in life, and it isn’t about to start now.

  39. David Castle says:

    i respect Academy Federal Credit Union for sticking to their beliefs .

  40. muttsnstuff says:

    Well done!!!!!!

  41. Oh, for heaven’s sake .. this is not about bashing you for what you have to say, Brandon …. it’s the way you are choosing to say it. Surely you could find a way to get your message across other than to disrespect our National Anthem – a symbol of our great country. How ironic that your cause is respect for all … yet you are disrespecting so many with this puerile kneeling stunt.

  42. Duane says:

    Kubiak is a professional person, I believe that he should have his “professional” athletics act in a professional manner. The playing of the national anthem is one of those times. Marshall is not one of those professionals. Let him put his money where his mouth is, let him help his oppressed people. Keep him on his knees during the entire game.

    1. fastrock says:

      Change the pre-game program, hold both teams in the locker room until the National Anthem is finished. Stop insulting the majority of the fans.

  43. Bonnie Ward says:

    Frankly the Air Academy Federal Credit Union is wrong. Supporting Brandon Marshall’s right to peaceful protest IS EXACTLY what the Air Academy Federal Credit Union should be about.

    Protecting our Consitutional rights is EXACTLY what our military AND government officials should be supporting.

    Social injustice IS un-American.


    Thank you Brandon Marshall for speaking out … even if it you lose something material by this, you have gained much … respect and support.

    Systemic racism, institutionalized brutality … these are NOT what America should stand for.

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. — Rev King

    1. jln0114 says:

      Of course he has a right. That’s what the flag and anthem are all about. But if he has any guts, he should do it on his own time, not while he’s at work. And if he protests at work, he should be fired!

    2. This is not the military or government officials. It’s a member-owned credit union. Fact is this is just more freedom of expression. Sorry to hear you only support people who say and do things that you like, but it’s a two way street.

      1. Britt says:

        He is a representative of the credit union, so they have a right to cut ties with someone who does something that doesn’t represent their “values”, also how many employers are going to stand by and let employees do protests while at work? Are you really that lacking in common sense? Or are you just another whiny ass liberal, who can’t stand an alternate view? You want to make political statements while at work, be ready to pay the price. I can’t believe you were actually dumb enough to think that way, and then you doubled down on your ignorance by voicing said thought.

  44. Chris says:

    Once again, not a mention of their uneducated, too cool for school, gang-banging brethren who are murdering fellow black citizens DAILY with impunity. Not a word. Ever. Social injustice? How much more social injustice can their be than to allow the dregs of your neighborhoods take control and murder your people at will. They blame the police for not caring, yet it’s taboo to assist the police solve these crimes. Or any crimes. Their neighborhoods are that way because they allow it. The police would LOVE to clean them up but when they try screaming of “social injustice” rolls in.

  45. Wayne Hansen says:

    Considering we pay your salaries and are just as educated if not more educated since we had to earn our way into college with grades rather than a sports scholarship I’d suggest you do the job we’re paying you for and save your opinions for when you’re on your own time. Season tickets can be canceled.

    1. Cheryl Jenkins says:


  46. Mark says:

    Gary, look what John Tortellini did (former Tampa Bay Lightening Coach, In my opinion, you are taking the easy way out). I agree with free speech but this goes beyond that. If BMarsh is so worried about how Blacks are being treated and oppressed he should give them some of his Millions to help out!

    1. Chery Meaney says:

      Mark, I totally agree with you. No other employer would allow someone to protest on company time. Protest in his off time. And Brandon Marshall you are being paid just to entertain us we really don’t care about anything else you have to say.

      1. Brad says:

        Even on your own time an employer could fire you.

    2. Alice says:

      So totally agree with you! I grew with a saying “Put your money where your mouth is!” If these guys feel so strongly about how blacks are treated, they should put their millions into programs in the black slums that would help get these kids through school, mentor the boys with no fathers, etc., I would love to know how much money these guys are putting out for the poor among us!

    3. Tricia says:

      I’m sick of these “racist”. There is a better way to make your protests; get out and work in the slums, give some of your millions to the Chicago thugs; volunteer out in the designated communities where you can give those poor black kids a positive role model. LEAVE my football game alone; it is the only time I get a little R & R.

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