ENGLEWOOD - Brandon Marshall had given thought to ending his National Anthem protest this Sunday prior to his Denver Broncos’ game at Cincinnati.
But then came Tulsa and Marshall appeared to be leaning toward kneeling during the National Anthem for a third consecutive game.
“I thought about it week to week but things kind of change,’’ Marshall said. “It’s almost like, if I do it now then why am I standing now? It’s a week to week thing. We’ll see.’’
Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, who is white, fatally shot Terence Crutcher, an African American and unarmed motorist whose SUV was parked in the middle of a road on Friday.
Video of the incident was released Monday. Crutcher had his hands up as he walked back to his vehicle, although Shelby’s lawyer said he was ignoring her commands to get on his knees. Shelby also has said Crutcher was reaching into the driver’s side window when Shelby shot him.
Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany said her brother died died because of a Tulsa police officer’s “negligence and incompetency and insensitivity.”
Marshall had been joining former college teammate and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protesting what they perceive is racial injustice in this country – in particular the multiple killings involving white police officers and unarmed black suspects – by kneeling during the playing of the Star Bangled Banner prior to kickoff.
The actions of Kaepernick and Marshall drew outrage – Marshall lost two endorsements that cost him $32,500.
But then came Tulsa.
“It was very sad,’’ Marshall said. “And people wonder why we do what we do. It was extremely sad. It was extremely disturbing, sickening to say the least. But that’s what’s going on in the world and maybe people are starting to see it now.’’
Asked if the Tulsa incident justified the message he had been trying to send in recent weeks through his kneeling, Marshall said: “Unfortunately it did.’’
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