Brandon Marshall Has Decided To End His National Anthem Protest
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will be standing for the national anthem for the remainder of the NFL season.
Marshall joined Colin Kaepernick’s protest at the beginning of the season by kneeling for the anthem to “raise awareness for social injustice.” Now he has decided it’s time to stand.
“For the 1st half of the season, I’ve been taking a knee for the National Anthem to raise awareness for social injustice and to start conversation about what all of us can do to make a positive change,” Marshall said in an Instagram post before the game.
“I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place,” Marshall continued–also noting that the Denver police are reviewing their use of force policy.
“Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem–not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become,” Marshall said.
“Just because I am standing doesn’t mean the work will end. There’s much work to be done. I’ll continue to recognize and support organizations that are stepping up as leaders and making a real difference in our community, and I will do my part to be there for those in need.”
“I really appreciate the support from my family, teammates, coaches and fans,” Marshall added. “I’m grateful for those who have taken the time to hear me out. I’m excited for what al of us can accomplish when we truly work together.”
Marshall has decided to take a stand for action after taking a knee to start a conversation. Perhaps more of the players who followed Kaepernick in kneeling for the anthem will join Marshall in standing for it.