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Broncos LB Brandon Marshall Will Continue Protesting Anthem Despite Losing Endorsements

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Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was the only player to kneel for the national anthem before Thursday’s game against the Panthers. Marshall, who was college teammates with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, has lost two endorsements since then, but he said today that he plans to continue the gesture.

Although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) has ended our partnership. AAFCU is a membership-based organization who has proudly served the military community for over 60 years. While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership. We wish Brandon well on his future endeavors.

Glenn Strebe

President/CEO

Air Academy Federal Credit Union

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Although Air Academy Credit Federal Union and CenturyLink both cut ties with Marshall after his demonstration, he told the Denver Post that he plans to continue kneeling and will do so again for Sunday’s game against the Colts.

From the article:

“People that aren’t minorities, they don’t know what it’s like to be a minority in this country,” he said. “And I’m not saying it’s terrible. I love this country. We have great opportunities, but at the same time, if you’re not a minority you don’t understand. I speak for everybody when I say that, because I know they agree with me.

“I’m a likable guy. I was once a fan favorite for a reason. It’s cool, because people can call me the N-word or cuss or at me or say they wish I’d break my neck all they want. There’s no backlash from me. Hate can’t drive out hate. Only love can drive out hate.”

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[Denver Post]

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