Denver Bronco Brandon Marshall dropped by sponsor for national anthem protest

Denver Bronco Brandon Marshall dropped by sponsor for national anthem protest
Brandon Marshall, sadder but probably no wiser (Image: YouTube screen grab via CBS Denver)

Hmm, some of life’s lessons are tough. Just ask Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who located his conscience after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick allegedly found his own. In late August, Kaepernick created a national incident when he refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem, which he claimed was racist.

On Thursday, Marshall followed suit, taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. After the game, he attempted to justify his protest on Instagram, writing, “I’m not against the military, I’m not against the police, or America. I’m against social injustice.”

On Friday he learned that actions — even ones intended to redress “social injustices” — have consequences. The Air Academy Federal Credit Union, which had an endorsement deal with Marshall, announced it was severing ties with him.

A statement posted on Twitter by the company explains all:

Marshall is the first NFL player to lose an endorsement deal over his “protest,” but he may be the last once his fell0w overpaid colleagues take note of his fate.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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