Brandon Marshall is continuing his crusade for social change by giving to charity. The Denver Broncos linebacker announced plans to donate $300 per tackle to various community organizations.
In a post on Instagram Sept. 14, Marshall once again explained why he decided to kneel during his Sept. 8 game against the Carolina Panthers.
“I took a knee for the national anthem to take a stand against social injustice,” Marshall wrote. “My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities.”
Since then, Marshall said he met with Chief Robert White of the Denver Police Department in Colorado.
“He had questions as [it] relates to policing: Why do police do what they do?” White told CBS of the Sept. 13 conversation. “He was curious about officers getting involved in incidents, they’re controversial and they’re still on the job, or their actions are illegal.”
Additionally, Marshall took a “lot of time to personally reflect” on issues ranging from race relations to law enforcement and education.
“I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas [are] made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders,” he wrote. “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.”
Because of that, Marshall is encouraging fans to follow his contributions to the Denver community and organizations committed to “critical social issues” with the hashtag #TackleChange.
The charity announcement follows Marshall’s two endorsement losses because of his protest.
Air Academy Federal Credit Union dropped the football player Sept. 9, and CenturyLink followed suit on Sept. 12.
However, one company praised Marshall’s demonstration. Russell Simmons revealed he spoke to the NFLer about representing RushCard.
Read Marshall’s complete social media message on #TackleChange below.
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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.