A brief word on Marshall's decision to kneel during the National Anthem

9NEWS at 6 p.m. 9/9/16.

A brief word about Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall's decision last night.

He joined Colin Kaepernick and a few other NFL players protesting racial injustice and police violence by refusing to stand for the national anthem.

When I saw Marshall take a knee my first thought was, now we in the media will talk about Brandon Marshall for a week.
Which is a shame.
Because I don't think Marshall's protest is an attempt to bring attention to himself.
I take him at his word that he feels strongly about social justice and that the football field is, as he said, his "only platform to make a statement."

I wish he'd made a stronger statement last night about what he is protesting - like Kaepernick did.

That's how these discussions evolve from symbolic actions to meaningful conversations.

I've read your emails and Facebook posts  saying we shouldn't give Marshall more attention.
I agree.

I think he would agree, too.

What we should give attention to, and what we will continue to give attention to here on Next, are the issues he knelt down to raise up.

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