Wow! It looks like Colin Kaepernick’s protest has inspired others. Linebacker, Brandon Marshall took a knee during the National Anthem ahead of the NFL season opener. See pics of Brandon’s own protest here!
Brandon Marshall, 32, is standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, 26. The linebacker for the Denver Broncos joined the controversial protest during the NFL season opener with the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8.
Following the game, Brandon spoke with reporters about his decision to kneel during the nation’s anthem. He confessed that he had decided on the gesture after speaking to his family, yet apparently no one knew he was going to do it accept for his Broncos teammate, Virgil Green, 28! Whoa, how did he keep it a secret?
But like Colin, Brandon says his silent protest is not anti-American or police; it’s about speaking up for social change. “The message is [that] I’m against social injustice,” Brandon said in a post-game press conference, according to NFL.com. “I’m not against the military or police or America at all. I’m against social injustice, and I feel like this was the right thing to do.”
Brandon also explained that he felt like the NFL stadium was the perfect platform to get his message across. “I feel like this is the right platform. This is our only platform to really be heard,” Brandon continued. “I feel like 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 like a lot of people bash us for what we have to say.”
NFL fans have mixed opinions concerning Brandon’s latest stunt — some think he’s being unpatriotic, others say he’s a hero in the making. But despite the criticism, Brandon doesn’t regret his decision. “I did it, and I don’t regret it,” the Broncos player admitted, adding that he plans to donate money to military funds. “I knew what territory it came with, and I decided to do it.”
Brandon is now the third player not to stand during the National Anthem, since Colin first took a knee in Aug. 2016. He follows behind Colin’s 49ers teammate, Eric Reid, 24, and Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Jeremy Lane, 26, who sat on the bench during his game against the Oakland Raiders. Whether people agree with the players’ approach to gaining justice for all or not, it is definitely making a wave in the sports world.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Brandon taking a knee?