Denver Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall lost a major endorsement deal on Friday for his decision to disrespect America, police, and our military by kneeling “Kaepernick style” during the national anthem. Marshall made his idiotic, anti-American move on Thursday before the Broncos played the Carolina Panthers.
The Denver Post reported that Marshall expected some backlash for not standing during the anthem, but he didn’t know it would be as harsh as losing endorsements.
The backlash came, and it came quick. Air Academy Federal Credit Union notified Marshall on Friday morning that it was rescinding its ties with the player. Marshall had been AAFCU’s official spokesperson since May of this year.
Glenn Strebe, AAFCU’s president posted this to the credit union’s Facebook page,
“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.”
When asked whether his decision was worth the consequences, Marshall responded, “Absolutely they were…”
Marshall was once a teammate of Colin Kaepernick’s.
The linebacker told the Denver Post that he has been slammed with negative comments on social media. He said that he got so many responses on Twitter and Instagram that he couldn’t even read them all.
“I had so many comments on Twitter and Instagram, I couldn’t go through all of them. I had a lot of positive text messages, but as far as social media, I had a lot of negative, racist comments. “People calling me the N-word and a lot of people calling me all kinds of derogatory terms.”
Kaepernick started protesting what he described as “America’s oppression” of black people before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 26. Several African-American players have since joined him by either not standing, or kneeling during the national anthem.
The “protests” pissed off a vast majority of Americans, and when Kaepernick decided to kneel during the anthem before the 49ers played the San Diego Chargers, he was roundly booed by the entire stadium. The boos continued for each of the 34 plays he was on the field for.
The Chargers were holding their annual Military Appreciation Day, which made Kaepernick’s moves all the more disrespectful to servicemen & women.
One veteran who lost both legs and an arm in the Iraq War posted his outrage towards Kaepernick on Facebook. Triple-amputee Senior Airman Brian Kofage said in part, “I lost my legs and arm fighting in the US military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic. Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed.”
On Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks, the entire Seattle Seahawks team may sit during the playing of the anthem. News of the possible “sit-out” prompted Americans from coast-to-coast to threaten to boycott watching NFL games entirely if players continue disrespecting America’s armed forces and police.
I’d go a bit further and say we boycott each players sponsors who don’t severe ties with the “oh-so oppressed” multi-millionaire cry babies.
If NFL players think they’re so oppressed here in the good ol’ USA, perhaps they’d find countries like say, Iraq or Syria more suitable to their tastes. Feel free to pack your bags live in those places of freedom & opportunity.
Hats off to Air Academy Federal Credit Union for doing what’s right & respecting our men & women in uniform. Hopefully more companies that sponsor these whiny oppressed little b-tches do the same.