Brandon Marshall takes a knee, pledges to fight against social injustice

KUSA - On Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the national anthem.

This action was expected, as Marshall had announced his intentions earlier in the week. But what's new about this game, is what he's pledged to do. 

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Following a meeting with the Denver police chief, Marshall announced on Instagram last week that he donate $300 per tackle to programs aimed at stopping domestic violence in the Denver community.

"In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department," Marshall said on Instagram. "I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference."

With taking a knee, Marshall joins San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his former teammate at the University of Nevada.

 

On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities. In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference. I’ve also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders. But, it’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me. My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more. I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs. You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange. I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.

A photo posted by Brandon Marshall (@bmarshh54) on

Sep 14, 2016 at 10:11am PDT

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