CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Brandon Marshall by no means knew. As he took a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem for eight video games final season, elevating consciousness of social injustice, he had no concept how the Broncos prime officers felt about it. Common supervisor John Elway revealed his stance final week, praising Marshall for advancing the dialog and making an influence locally.
In a one on one interview with Denver7 on Thursday, Marshall defined what it meant to listen to Elway’s help.
“To get their, I assume their blessing for what I did, not that I wanted it, nevertheless it felt good. To know that that they had my again. I knew that the coaches had my again,” Marshall stated after Thursday’s apply. “To know that the entrance workplace additionally had my again on it. It’s a lovely factor.”
Marshall helped spur change within the Denver Police Division’s use-of-drive coverage after assembly with police chief Robert White. The officers have been instructed to make use of de-escalation methods. Marshall additionally donated $300 per deal with final season to youth teams within the Denver space. Marshall stays not sure if he’ll make a press release in the course of the nationwide anthem this season. He misplaced a number of endorsements final yr, and acquired racist letters after kneeling a yr in the past.
“Yeah, yeah, I might undoubtedly contemplate it. I did it final yr then I stood up (for the anthem) after I felt like a change was made on this group. The police division altering their use-of-drive coverage, that was undoubtedly a win,” Marshall stated. “I’ve undoubtedly considered it. However who is aware of.”
The difficulty continues to percolate all through the league as free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the primary participant to kneel to protest police brutality, stays unemployed. Greater than 1,000 of his supporters rallied for the previous San Francisco star outdoors the NFL’s Manhattan workplaces on Wednesday night time. Marshall performed at Nevada with Kaepernick and has talked to him just lately. He informed Denver7 that Kaepernick “undoubtedly needs to play” this season, although Marshall wonders if he’ll get the prospect with preseason winding down and no groups displaying curiosity.
The variety of gamers making statements through the anthem has mushroomed in current weeks. Consequently, Marshall admitted it stays potential gamers might protest on Saturday in the course of the Broncos exhibition residence opener.
“Ah man. You’d be a idiot to be stunned if anyone does it. That they had eleven guys from the (Cleveland) Browns who did it,” Marshall stated. “You possibly can by no means gauge or guess who will. Guys are doing what they really feel is true, and they’re doing what they really feel of their coronary heart is true. I undoubtedly respect that. That’s what I did final yr.”