Linebacker Brandon Marshall is under fire. But it was a choice he made.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... Marshall chose to join his college teammate (Nevada) Colin Kaepernick when he did not stand for the National Anthem before the Denver Broncos took on the Carolina Panthers. Instead, he could be seen kneeling next to his standing teammates.
Marshall is trying to show solidarity on an issue that is currently rampaging through the United States, with regard to police brutality in the African American communities across the country.
The Broncos released a statement on the matter.
“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”
Unfortunately, despite what is likely an honest effort to protest a national issue, many fans see it as an individual vying for personal attention. The National Anthem is song the vast majority of Americans associate with patriotism.
You can argue what the song means, but the reality is that it's about patriotism and appreciation of the military to the majority.
So, when a player doesn't stand for the Anthem, rather than draw attention to the cause they are trying to represent, many people perceive it as selfish and unpatriotic. A a result, the message contained in the protest falls on deaf ears.
“I’m not against the military,” Marshall said post-game. "I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice.”
Maybe there's a better way for famous, rich athletes to make an impact on what many consider to be a national crisis. Maybe there's not.
Mile High Huddle isn't here to make comments in the political arena. That's not why you read us and follow our work. We're all about bringing you a more in-depth football analysis of the Denver Broncos. And report on Broncos news.
Whatever your personal point of view is, Brandon Marshall is receiving some antipathy in Denver and at the national level right now. He's already lost a sponsor in the aftermath of his decision.
At the very least, let's try and remember that his intentions are probably good.
All signs point to this NFL trend sticking around for the foreseeable future.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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