On Thursday night, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall also decided not to stand for the National Anthem and instead opted to get down on bended knee which surely sent folks into an uproar. As a result of his decision, Brandon lost two endorsement deals – Air Academy Federal Credit Union and Century Link.
“We completely respect Brandon Marshall’s personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes. America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs,” CenturyLink said in a public statement. “While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”
Hip Hop legend and Co-founder of Def Jam Recordings Russell Simmons, stepped up to the plate and offered Brandon Marshall an endorsement deal yesterday. Simmons took to Instagram to announce that Marshall’s message was heard, and that his Rushcard company would be making Marshall an offer. Yes Russell! When one door closes, another one will definitely be opened!
According to ESPN, Brandon Marshall says he will continue to kneel and ‘do what I think is right.’
Connecticut apparel company PG Sports sent out a tweet late Tuesday saying that it, too, would make Marshall an offer:
I am super excited that Brandon Marshall’s opportunities are not fading away. Our first amendment right is freedom of speech and this is Brandons way of voicing how he feels! Kudos Brandon and let the endorsement deals continue rolling in!
By Monique C. Tillman