49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred up quite the controversy when he refused to stand for the National Anthem during a preseason game in, what he claims as, his bold choice to not "stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
The movement struck fans and players, both of whom voiced their support and condemn of the athlete's motion. Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos Linebacker, was perhaps one of the fellow supporters in the profound movement that also sparked an equivalent outrage over his replication of Kaepernick's actions. However, Marshall took a stance straying for Kaepernick's, announcing that he was not anti-military nor anti-police.
"I'm not against the military. I'm not against the police or America. I'm against social injustice."
After a gruesome social battle and even the loss of multiple endorsements with Academy Federal Credit Union and later CenturyLink, Marshall has ended his protest, proving so by standing for the National Anthem amidst the Broncos battle with the Oakland Raiders. Taking to Instagram, the player expressed his gratitude in the cooperation he's received from the Denver Police Department and their willingness to "review its use of force policy."
"I really appreciate the support from my family, teammates, coaches and fans. I’m grateful for those who have taken the time to hear me out. I’m excited for what all of us can accomplish when we truly work together."
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. I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy. I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements. 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. 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. One of those organizations is the Idriss Stelley Foundation, a grassroots organization in the Bay Area that offer free support to victims of police violence. I’ll be standing for them and the family of the late O’Shaine Evans—on Sunday night in addition to making a donation from my Tackle Change program to further the meaningful work of this group. I really appreciate the support from my family, teammates, coaches and fans. I’m grateful for those who have taken the time to hear me out. I’m excited for what all of us can accomplish when we truly work together.
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