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Brandon Marshall to donate $300 per tackle to Denver charities

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 11:  Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos lines up against the Indianapolis Colts during a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 11, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is handing over more than $24,000 to the NFL as a result of a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and he hopes to be doling out a lot more money for legal tackles as the season unfolds.

Marshall met with Denver police chief Robert White on Tuesday for a discussion about law enforcement in light of Marshall’s decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem last Thursday night. White said “it became pretty clear to me that his kneeling was to speak to” injustices that Marshall feels exist in the country and that he was left with the feeling that Marshall “wants to do something” to address them beyond taking the knee.

Marshall shared his thoughts about the meeting in an Instagram post on Wednesday while announcing his plans to donate $300 per tackle to local charities. The full text of Marshall’s post appears below.

“On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities.
In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference.”

“I’ve also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders.”

“But, it’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me.”

“My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more.
I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs. You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange.”

“I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.”

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50 Responses to “Brandon Marshall to donate $300 per tackle to Denver charities”
  1. tindeaux says: Sep 14, 2016 5:12 PM

    lol! someone is trying to get the fan base back??? keep kneeling might help!

  2. jrebar88 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:12 PM

    Brandon Marshall, great player, an even better human.
    Que the sensitive white people who think nothing is wrong in this country

  3. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:12 PM

    This is the type of actions that a true leader takes. Kudos Mr. Marshall.

  4. gerard33 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:15 PM

    hard to be mad at this. Look what Kap started!

  5. cb28031 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:19 PM

    Does that include head to head shots?

  6. stickyicky97 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:20 PM

    If he did this for every illegal hit, the Charities would rack up!

  7. glenuendo says: Sep 14, 2016 5:21 PM

    I’m more in favor of this where you are working to help the community than just taking a knee to “generate dialog”. Kudos to Marshall.

  8. maiphatdong says: Sep 14, 2016 5:21 PM

    doesn’t matter if they continue to kneel, they will still be considered clowns, and rightfully so

  9. glenuendo says: Sep 14, 2016 5:23 PM

    I’m more in favor of this where you are working to help the community than just taking a knee to “generate dialog”. Kudos to Marshall.

  10. maiphatdong says: Sep 14, 2016 5:28 PM

    truth is Kraperneck wasn’t getting noticed on his instagram for his “views”, so he decided to make a spectacle out of himself on national TV, and the sheep have been eating up since.

  11. stairwayto7 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:30 PM

    uhh thats’ $3000? weak and soft!

  12. stopdk12 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:31 PM

    too late, the damage is done.

  13. jgedgar70 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:31 PM

    A nice move. I’m still mad about him using himself as weapon with clear intent to injure Cam Newton, but this is a step in the right direction.

  14. fin72 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:32 PM

    If he makes 100 tackles it comes to just $30,000… a small pittance for somebody with his salary.

  15. mackame15 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:34 PM

    Some of you rather him just stand for a song, then give to charities, and create dialog with the protest… Haters gonna hate
    good on you Marshal, get the Broncos to match the offer.

  16. jdbaker01 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:36 PM

    Are we talking about Brandon Marshall the receiver or the linebacker? That should be clarified bc with the Jets QB situation the receiver might end up with a lot of tackles on INTs.

    Go phins!

  17. mackame15 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:37 PM

    IM WHITE and you white ppl are infuriating.

  18. backintheday99 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:38 PM

    I worked in one of the busiest police precincts in the US for 20 years.

    The lack of respect for those living there towards each other is initially, startling. It is sad but you get used to it. Sooner rather than later, educators, cops, fireman, EMS etc start to get worn out. It’s not right but it is reality.

    I’ve had batteries, space heaters, garbage. you name it thrown off the roof at me. I’ve been bitten, punched a million times, kicked and so on. Shot at on 3 occasions and I’ve seen things done to children and animals that will haunt me until I die.

    This is a world wide poor people issue since the beginning of time. Lack of role models, equal education, racism and so on. It is a really rough life.

    It’s easy to say ‘stop killing each other’ but it does not work that way. There are no answers except trying to save 1 kid at a time. I’ve done that.

  19. smarterthanyouoryours says: Sep 14, 2016 5:39 PM

    He should double it if it’s an unflagged head shot.

    For the kids.

  20. aksully says: Sep 14, 2016 5:39 PM

    Listen people…try to listen. Kneeling or sitting doesn’t mean you hate this country or the military. It also doesn’t mean that you don’t respect the people that have sacrificed. Grow up and stop being such a pawn. We all greatly appreciate where we live, that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make things better. Despite how you feel, bringing attention to the problems we face is necessary. BTW, the second that you demand that people stand for a song is the moment you are mirroring North Korea and other places that are dictatorships. Control your knee jerk reactions and anger for crying out loud

  21. FlashPatterson says: Sep 14, 2016 5:46 PM

    Looks good on paper but it will amount to 30,000 tops.

  22. jrebar88 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:50 PM

    fin72 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 5:32 PM
    If he makes 100 tackles it comes to just $30,000… a small pittance for somebody with his salary
    stairwayto7 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 5:30 PM
    uhh thats’ $3000? weak and soft!
    What are you two doing with your money? Are you donating it?

  23. allseeingone says: Sep 14, 2016 5:59 PM

    Still doesn’t explain why he has to show disrespect for the entire USA and all the blood and sweat that went into building it. Demonstrate against the person or people you believe have acted unjustly. Don’t blame me and other good Americans.

  24. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:01 PM

    maiphatdong says:
    Sep 14, 2016 5:28 PM

    truth is Kraperneck wasn’t getting noticed on his instagram for his “views”, so he decided to make a spectacle out of himself on national TV, and the sheep have been eating up since.

    Well, it’s working. So far, charities are going to get $2 million+ more than they would have gotten if those bozos said nothing and just stood up.

    Hasn’t hurt the game of football one iota.

  25. sumkat says: Sep 14, 2016 6:04 PM

    This is a huge deal, he is willing to donate roughly .01% of his salary!! (and that’s if we only include his base salary, and not the 10 million signing bonus he just got) I mean, if that doesn’t prove he is truly trying to effect change, i don’t know what will!

    It’s equal to a person making 50k a year, donating 50 bucks. It’s nothing, its a cheap stunt (emphasis on cheap) because he received more blow back than expected.

  26. operwapitsai says: Sep 14, 2016 6:06 PM

    jrebar88 – “What are you two doing with your money? Are you donating it?”

    If he gets 100 tackles, he will end up donation .005 of his salary. Not 5%, but one half of one percent. If the average American is making about 40k that comes out to $200 a year.

    I really hope the average American is investing at least $200 back into their community, because that is a nominal sum at best.

    Really great move by Marshall here, I have gained respect for him today, but I don’t really see this move as anything close to heroic or revolutionary.

  27. weepingjebus says: Sep 14, 2016 6:06 PM

    Reads like a hostage note. Glad he has time to keep all those issues up in the air when other folks are focusing on football.

  28. megnailsit says: Sep 14, 2016 6:08 PM

    It didn’t look like Black on Black assaults seemed to bother him much.

  29. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    You guys are giving these athletes too much credit. There’s no way these players would kneel for the anthem if they know it was going to eventually cost them money. I bet they are pissed off about this right now, assuming the money is even coming out of their pocket in the first place (and not someone else’s on the players behalf).

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 14, 2016 6:18 PM

    I applaud Marshall for recognizing that there are things that can be improved in this country and for putting his money where his mouth is. What I’m wondering is why he needs to disrespect his country just because everything isn’t perfect? It’s almost as if he’s trying to draw attention to himself instead of to what his many issues are with this country.

  31. painsyndicate says: Sep 14, 2016 6:41 PM

    BM better thank his agent for coming up with the PR move and writing his response for him.

    As for the “issue” involved… it must be an election year.

  32. fordbw says: Sep 14, 2016 6:46 PM

    This is what those in the business refer to as “image rehabilitation”

  33. string888 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:55 PM

    Keep giving the cry baby attention and you will only get more cry babies.

  34. buckstalion12965 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:57 PM

    Strong post Mr. Backinthday99! And much respect!

  35. balaspackfan says: Sep 14, 2016 6:58 PM

    $30k? At least that idiot Kaepernick coughed up a cool mil.

  36. jag1959 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:09 PM

    Okay, we all get it folks. The amount per tackle is a pittance compared to his earnings and the first thought for many out there is likely that most of us are undoubtedly doing far more from a percentage of earnings standpoint. But it is also obviously not the only thing he is doing so withhold the judgement in that regard and think for a moment. Lost in all this noise is that he has actually had meaningful dialogues with his local police chief and others and he probably wasn’t wearing pig socks when he did it. He was also active in his community prior to this. There’s been all kinds of noise around this and precious little action. Let’s not go tearing into a guy for moving in a positive direction. Even if the more cynical among us may question the motivation or the amount, the greatest of journeys still begins with a single step.

  37. jackdaniels1 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:28 PM

    You should make better use of the cash Brandon and save it. I gotta feeling you’ll be needing it in 5 years when you’re broke and out of the league

  38. backintheday99 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:53 PM

    buckstalion12965 says:

    Sep 14, 2016 6:57 PM
    Strong post Mr. Backinthday99! And much respect!


    Thanks Buck. I do appreciate it !

  39. amaf21 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:59 PM

    Good luck getting your endorsements back. #trash

  40. hillshirefarmsgomeat says: Sep 14, 2016 8:10 PM

    Ok, so if he makes 100 takles that’s $30K, which is a drop in the bucket if you’re making millions per year. But that $30K is just what he is pledging in new donations. I would assume that he is already donating money and/or time to the Rose Andom Center, so the $30K is on top of that. $30K might be a drop in the bucket of his income, but to the people receiving that money it’s huge. I applaud him for trying to make a difference in his community, and would suggest that if more people had this attitude, the world would be a better place.

  41. bowenfootdoc2013 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:14 PM

    very altruistic after the tidal wave. Why didn’t he make this offer during training camp?

  42. tylawsprick says: Sep 14, 2016 8:26 PM

    Too bad the numbers don’t support the whole BLM rhetoric.

  43. iseek11 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:29 PM

    The man is willing to lose endorsements and contribute to relevant charities for his conscience. But unless he bankrupts himself for the cause, it will never be enough for people who do nothing but throw stones. I like his idea because instead of a one time donation, he created a way to keep the conversation going all season by running a weekly tally.

  44. charger383 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:32 PM

    Backinthe day99 is right

  45. browns2014man says: Sep 14, 2016 9:12 PM

    Too little too late dummy. You can’t unring the bell. This is a fruitless cause.

  46. justsayin70 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:30 PM

    Which amounts to 0.0009375% per tackle based on Marshall’s $32M contract. What a noble gesture! Lol

  47. biggs13 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:17 PM

    Saving face. Ha ha!

  48. patsrthegreatest says: Sep 14, 2016 11:30 PM

    I can respect the athlete who puts some $$ where his mouth is.

  49. kevpft says: Sep 15, 2016 12:52 AM

    Based on his prior performance and first game this season, he may reach close to 100 tackles this season.

    That would be $30,000 in donations. Which is good, but considering that he’s paying $24,000 for one hit on Cam Newton, looks a little modest in comparison.

    If, in the end, all these millionaires do about injustice is kneel, raise their fists, and pay one fine’s worth toward improvement, it won’t mean much.

    Even Kaepernick’s striking $1 million donation is only 9% of his huge salary. That’s 1%er for “sacrifice”.

  50. happster says: Sep 15, 2016 1:31 PM

    He should do it per cheap head shot. Sure BM, take the cheaper route…

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