LB Brandon Marshall on owners’ discomfort with protests: It’s just a money thing

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Representatives of the NFLPA will join the league’s owners in New York next week to discuss players’ national anthem protests. But Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall stands convinced NFL owners don’t want to hear from players.

“I don’t think they want us to be a part of it, though,” Marshall said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “The NFLPA could bring the players in, but I doubt the owners want the players in. . . . We have a voice, and sometimes it could be to the detriment of what they’re trying to get accomplished. If we get in [the meetings] and start speaking, start doing this, it would be too much effort, too many arguments. I don’t know. Our agenda is not what their agenda is. Their agenda is business, continue to make money. . . . That’s their agenda. Our agenda is we love to play; we love to play; we want to get paid, but at the same time, if we have a platform and we have a voice, and we feel strongly about something, we want to use that. Being honest, they don’t care about that.”

Marshall knelt during the national anthem seven times last season to protest social inequalities. Broncos players decided after their Week 3 protest in Buffalo they would stand as a team, and Marshall has stood alongside his teammates since.

Owners could discuss an NFL mandate requiring players to stand during the anthem.

Marshall said players’ protests make owners “uncomfortable.”

“It’s just a money thing,” Marshall said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “They don’t want to lose sponsorships, potentially lose money from TV ads. I don’t know. The military, all of that. That’s really what it is. They’re trying to protect their business, which is one thing I do understand.”

43 responses to “LB Brandon Marshall on owners’ discomfort with protests: It’s just a money thing

  1. Then if you understand it, learn it apply it, play ball or you could lose big on future contracts as well as your own sponsors…Use your Tuesdays and the offseason to raise awareness…Brandon you and the players are not untouchable in this as you seem to perceive

  2. Then the question for you, Brandon, becomes are you going to use the platform for something you feel strongly about or straddle?

  3. For him, “We want to play, we want to get paid”.

    His complaint about the owners, “It’s a money thing”.

    And yet, he doesn’t get it. If the revenue goes down as a result, what will happen to the pay?

    Our education system is lost.

  4. Our agenda is we love to play; we love to play; we want to get paid, but at the same time, if we have a platform and we have a voice, and we feel strongly about something, we want to use that.”

    Typical SJW attitude.

    “I want it all and I want it now”…

    Sometimes you need to make choices.

    If you want to play the game you claim to love AND get paid as you have been, you need to make a choice about using the platform that will take the other two things you want away.

    You’re not getting all three.

    The salary cap will go down dramatically if you continue on the path that you have chosen – even if the owners should decide to let you to continue to use their platform.

    You say the owners are only worried about money. Well, the players get roughly 50% of the revenues. The owners are billionaires – they will be fine if the NFL were to go belly up.

    You are nothing without the NFL.

    Think about it.

  5. They don’t seem to get it, if the owners lose money the players will lose money. Is it so important to the players that want to protest that they will give up their money?

  6. Yes Marshall, you shouldn’t have to stand for this! You players should have a communal voice to represent you at the meeting between the NFL and the NFLPA…

  7. @moosejawman: Time for you to hop a flight to North Korea.

    Peaceful protest is an American right.

    Forced patriotism is for tyrants.

    Iran, Russia, N. Korea, maybe Venezuela would be more fitting for you and the other Drumphers.

    The D.I.C. has altered the narrative to distract from his epic failure as our president.

    The fact that you and the other Drumphers fail to realize this is fitting for our new ‘Idiocracy’.

    I challenge all the Drumphers to ACTUALLY do what they say and start boycotting the NFL, make YOUR voice heard.

    But, much like the D.I.C., it’s all bark, no bite.

    Carry on.

  8. Mr Marshall, I have to disagree with you. The reason being is that they are businessmen and women and they know that From Protest To Peace is going to cost millions and millions of dollars for it to be sucessful and you will need these same sponsors as well as private funds and other sponsors to make it work and keep it going. And you need to remember that Sponsors makes millions as well, they have no reason not to get involved. The money street street has at least two lanes. The From Protest To Progress is going to be much more sucessfull but more advantegous and expensive then any wall built around Mexico. And as for losing fans, if this takes off, the NFL will get a whole new waive of fans. I believe the owners know more movement has been hijacked and it’s true purpose is being lost.

  9. The players/league/owners only lose money if the Drumphers actually do what they say they are going to do.

    All bluster.

    The majority of these fools still throw the NFL $$$, one way or the other.

    The whole thing is ridiculous and there is only the orange faced payaso to blame.

    Not the players who are taking a knee, not the owners, just the donkey who Tweets much more than needed.

    Carry on.

  10. He speaks the truth, feeling the pressure brought on by his president that he didn’t vote for. Should I make money or not! Either way I lose and all the flag waving deplorables win. Trumps a genius!

  11. It isn’t forced patriotism anymore than being quiet during a funeral is forced grieving.

    It’s about simply respecting the time and place you are in. Respecting the fact that OTHERS, in your presence, value something and simply being polite and respectful of them.

    You don’t have to change how you feel about things when you stand for the anthem and flag – it’s simply respecting those who feel differently.

    I’ve handed a grieving person that flag after conferring full military honors. It’s an experience that change you for life. They clutch it as if it was the person we buried that day. RESPECT of anyone’s point of view dictates that you stand for it. That’s not forced patriotism. That’s common sense.

    Players will be like people in 2008 when the unthinkable happened and real estate values went down – blowing up investments and toppling banks. As advertisers leave, ratings go down, TV packages get smaller – the salary cap gets smaller which means you all get a haircut. And then you’ll blame the owners too – about being all about money, while you’re all about money…

  12. It won’t be long and it will be a money thing to the players, too, when their salary cap increases are affected.

  13. Don’t believe Florio (and mostly all sports journalists) aren’t liberal, here’s a quote from him. Notice his disdain for dissenting opinions.

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    ESPN distorts analysis of poll question regarding NFL viewing habits
    Posted by Mike Florio on July 28, 2017, 9:07 AM EDT

    The effort to make ESPN not seem like a left-wing media establishment continues, apparently.

    At a time when constant (and largely inaccurate) criticism has been registered against ESPN for having a liberal agenda, ESPN has decided to summarize a new poll in a way the definitely isn’t left of center.

  14. mullman76 says:

    Peaceful protest is an American right.

    Forced patriotism is for tyrants.

    Iran, Russia, N. Korea, maybe Venezuela would be more fitting for you and the other Drumphers.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    1. You are correct that peaceful protest is a right in our great country.

    2. No one is having patriotism forced upon them. No one is going to jail or getting shot for peacefully protesting.

    3. A visit to “Iran, Russia, N. Korea, maybe Venezuela” for you and you might wake up and realize how great we have it here.

    FWIW – I’ve been to Venezuela. It’s kinda scary. SJW would be terrified.

  15. Here is a solution. Tell the players .025 of the NFL ad revenue will go to charities that promote social equality. If you kneel and we lose revenue, then your cause gets less $.

  16. Memo to Brandon Marshall: No Doy!

    The protests (Whatever flavor of the week they’re protesting) are alienating a significant part of the NFL’s fan base.
    Which bites into the leagues financial bottom line.
    Thank you Captain Obvious.

    Perhaps a better statement would be, “Now that we have everyone’s attention, let’s move the conversation further.”
    Otherwise we’re just having endless protests with no real structure or concrete ideas and solutions towards an end.
    Now that would be a news story worth making public.

  17. another stupid oppressed idiot..biting the hand that feeds him…see you on TMZ busted for selling drugs soon enough

  18. Start the Black Panther Football League already so you dopes can cry about America 24/7 and get paid peanuts to do so.

  19. Yes Brandon. It is a money thing. Which I have a feeling you will be learning come contract time.

  20. A money thing??? Wow. Are you that stupid? It sure is s money thing. Who do you think pays you dumb a—?

  21. Well, yeah, they own businesses. The customer comes first. They didn’t buy their teams to own a left wing social justice political organization. Although I’m sure many of them are disgusted with using our anthem to protest and hijacking the game with politics like the average fan is.

  22. mullman76 says:

    The players/league/owners only lose money if the Drumphers actually do what they say they are going to do.

    Carry on.
    ===================================================

    The league is currently losing money and viewership because we are doing what we said we would do.

    Carry on.

  23. Marshall is another idiot.
    Try working a minimum wage job and live the blessed life you have now.

  24. They are protesting something that has nothing to do with football or the NFL. But, their protesting is offending NFL fans and driving viewers away. They seem determined to drive the bus off the cliff.

  25. If the players unite and kneel anyways the teams will never susp nd the good ones because it lowers the quality of the games. Ultimately, if the players continue to do what they do, they will win, not the league

  26. Is there a reason that the platform they choose is 5 minutes before kick-off? I mean they have six months off a year & every Monday. Can’t they protest or do community awareness stuff during those times? Oh wait, there won’t be cameras, now I get it.

  27. Marshall is another in a long line of folks with “athletes privilege”. He has no idea what it’s like not to be an athlete. He can claim he made it to the NFL based on hard work, but we non-athletes work just as hard but for much less $. He’s been athletically privileged his whole life. He is so biased he doesn’t understand the rest of us. He didn’t earn it; he was just born lucky. Sarcasm for the slower folks

  28. Duh…the NFL is a business, so, yeah, it’s just a money thing. And you, the players, don’t have a platform, the NFL does, so, yeah, they can shut you down from using their platform.

  29. Of course its a money thing. They even took rime to see which way that played. if it had generated revenue they would have embraced it, but it lost revenue so thay have to go by that reality. Keep in mind a team is there for making money. Everything else, even winning, is all a means to that end. If its not making money there is no reason for that team to be there. There would no reason for players to get paid to play in that case either. So any player criticizing it being about money simply doesnt grasp the bigger picture. They might not even realize that regardless of how much they might love the game still they and their participation is all about money too.

  30. jimsnchz says:
    October 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm
    Is there a reason that the platform they choose is 5 minutes before kick-off? I mean they have six months off a year & every Monday. Can’t they protest or do community awareness stuff during those times? Oh wait, there won’t be cameras, now I get it.

    —————
    If they did use their own time there would be cameras. Their fame, which belongs to them not the NFL, would get them those cameras. But that times is personal down time and so not considered available.

  31. “Our agenda is we love to play; we love to play; we want to get paid, but at the same time, if we have a platform and we have a voice, and we feel strongly about something, we want to use that. Being honest, they don’t care about that.”

    Neither do NFL fans as long as you choose to disrespect the flag during your protest. Oh and btw eventually the money you want to get paid will be affected.

  32. one to many hits to the head there Brandon. Last I checked, the NFL was a business, and businesses are in business to make money. Please tweet something so we know your not that stupid. SMH another entertainer with no brains.

  33. The players like this clown think the fans have nothing to say about this fiasco. Wrong. Fans spend their hard earned money to buy game tickets or perhaps pay for the DIRECTV package. Others watch games televised in local areas on cable TV. They have a say about how their money is spent…they can stop watching all together. The die is cast players…poll after poll show that more than 60% of respondents do not support players kneeling for the anthem….get a clue will you.

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