Brandon Marshall says he'll stand for national anthem

KUSA - Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall made headlines at the start of the NFL season with his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

On Sunday, a few hours ahead of the highly anticipated Raiders match-up, he announced he'll now stand.

"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 in an Instagram post.

The 32-year-old previously announced he would donate $300 per tackle to worthy causes; he outlined on Sunday one of those causes would be 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," Marshall's post continued.  

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Marshall attracted national attention in September when he joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (his former teammate at the University of Nevada) in the silent protest. He also lost endorsements for his choice; CenturyLink dropped him as well as Air Academy Federal Credit Union.

The Broncos take the field in Oakland at 6:30 MST. Catch the game on Channel 9. 

 

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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