Broncos’ Brandon Marshall loses endorsement deal after kneeling for national anthem

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said he expected pushback. He knew not everyone would agree with his decision to kneel for the national anthem before the Broncos’ season-opener against Carolina on Thursday evening.

He expected some to perceive his protest, designed to highlight issues such as racial inequality and police brutality, in a negative light.

Friday morning, his expectation became reality when Air Academy Federal Credit Union released him from his endorsement deal. Marshall became AAFCU’s official spokesperson in May.

“Although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) has ended our partnership,” Glenn Strebe, the AAFCU’s president and CEO wrote in a Facebook statement. “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.”

Marshall said Thursday that he made the calculated decision to kneel for the anthem after discussing it with family and friends, as well as Broncos tight end Virgil Green. He also said his actions were not out of disrespect for the military or law enforcement.

“I knew what it came with,” he said. “I knew what territory it came with. I just had to do it.”

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10 Comments

  1. aVet

    The NFL and the NFL COACHES need to grow a set of BALLS…..if you sit during the National Anthem ….you sit the entire game….after 3 games….you’re cut!!!!!!……

  2. Lori Silverstein

    He owned it folks. He weighed his options and sought out council with his peers. Enough said. Now, allow him to feel the repercussions of his actions. Like Newton’s 3rd law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The dead do not feel any longer. He disrespected and showed contempt towards “our” memories of the dead that WE honor and hold in high regard for their ultimate sacrifices. So cowards like Brandon Marshall can display to the world his true character and the face of the beast. Now, we need to find out if he has any other endorsement deals floating around. BTW, Brandon Marshall, you are on notice, later on when regret sets in or will that be the pain of the loss of money (?), you will NOT be allowed to excuse this behavior due to your Borderline Personality Disorder.

  3. Chas

    No excuses. At this point he, his disrespectful buddies and the NFL make me sick. I’m done with pro football.

  4. Jack Hexter

    He should be benched or loose his job, not just some endorsement

  5. JBo

    He showed contempt and disrespect toward all who fought and died for this country…his country. That includes those black men and women who sacrificed to make this country better.

    • BrokenTengu99 .

      No . He didn’t . Our Veterans that died for this Nation fought for his right to stand or kneel . Wish some of you would understand that .

      • JBo

        Yes he did show contempt. He has that right because veterans died or were wounded for those ideals. He showed contempt and disrespect toward those vets and yep, he has that right. He didn’t earn the right…it was given to him.

        • BrokenTengu99 .

          Wrong on all counts .

  6. RichPorardo

    He should lose a limb or two. Then, maybe he’ll appreciate our military.

  7. Little Missy

    Good for AAFCU.

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