Linebacker Brandon Marshall on anthem protests: “This is what we were talking about”

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The ongoing social unrest has caused many to remember the message from quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others in 2016 and 2017, even if some didn’t like the way the message was sent. On Monday free-agent NFL linebacker Brandon Marshall addressed the situation with Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.

“Back then, we were called rogues, people said that we didn’t deserve jobs, but this is what we were talking about then,” Marshall told Legwold. “I think people are looking at [Kaepernick] now like, ‘OK, maybe he knew.’ People didn’t want to hear the message after, ‘Oh, they were kneeling,’ they didn’t want that message, weren’t ready for it, didn’t listen.

“I hope, and I look at it, I hope people are ready for the message. I really hope they’re ready for change.”

Marshall said he has recently spoken to Kaepernick about the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath.

“We talked some about what’s happened — and this is why he started the Know Your Rights foundation — and I asked him if he needed me to do anything or what I could do to help,” Marshall told Legwold. “He said right now, at the moment, he’s concentrating on legal assistance for the protesters, but we’ll talk more moving forward.”

The conversations will surely be aimed at efforts to fix the problem of police brutality and systemic racism against African-Americans and people of color.

“We need everybody to care about this, not to see it as just a black or brown problem,” Marshall said. “When people see this as a people problem, and not a black person’s problem or a person of color’s problem, then we can have real change. I look at all of the faces in the real, peaceful protests and I see maybe we’re ready to listen now, maybe we’re ready to see it as a people problem and that real, lasting, effective change can happen.”

Many are ready for change. Hopefully, enough people — and those who serve in positions of power — will embrace strategies for bringing people together instead of stoking fears aimed at keeping people divided for political gain or private profit.

11 responses to “Linebacker Brandon Marshall on anthem protests: “This is what we were talking about”

  1. Unfortunately Marshall is wasting his time. Those who made excuses back then will continue to do so now.

  2. taking a knee is a masonic pose. You’re a puppet Brandino. And you damn well know it. Your allegiance is to your masonic brothers not your race.

  3. Nope. You were talking about disrespecting a demonstration most people respect regardless of color. Apples to oranges.

  4. Taking a knee and impacting real change in your community are not one and the same.

    Too bad BMarsh didn’t also take this as an opportunity to come out and condemn the looting and rioting … of all people, Dennis Rodman’s done that. Mad props to him for speaking about ALL truths – not just selective truths.

  5. There is no justification for disrespecting the American Flag. You want to protest, then fine. But not during national anthem. Seems I’m headed back to not watching NFL.

  6. “We need everybody to care about this, not to see it as just a black or brown problem,” Marshall said. “When people see this as a people problem, and not a black person’s problem or a person of color’s problem, then we can have real change.”

    And yet protesters carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs throw a fit if anyone says “All Lives Matter.”

  7. This is exactly what happens when we look at people taking a knee as a disrespect to the military rather than what it actually stood and still stands for. The treatment of people of color as less then humans and it’s shameful and can not be tolerated any more. As a white male we have to listen to what our community is saying without judgement. We’ve never been told or had to tell our children how to act if confronted by the police to make sure they are safe so how can we judge. That is a conversation that no one should have to have at all. Unfortunately until we can look at someone and not see a black/white man or a black/white woman and just see a man or woman a human being this will not change

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