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.“
We’re glad to see a positive change come of this movement and hope for more impacts to be fortified.
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