Brandon Marshall reflects on Colin Kaepernick amid protests
Former Denver Broncos standout linebacker Brandon Marshall hopes people are finally ready for the message that Colin Kaepernick was kneeling for.
Marshall was one of the players to stand in support of Kaepernick and the message he was trying to get out. Marshall knows all the pushback that they received when they were kneeling down during the National Anthem, but he believes that people are finally starting to understand the message:
“Back then, we were called rogues, people said that we didn’t deserve jobs, but this is what we were talking about then,” Marshall said Monday, via ESPN. “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.”
With the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of white police officers, it has sparked outrage across the United States and the world. There have been many different movements the last few years, but this one feels different.
Brandon Marshall said he has talked to Kaepernick and right now they are trying to get support for the peaceful protesters who have been arrested:
“That’s what brings change, people coming together, when it’s a people thing, not just a black and brown thing,” Marshall said. “You see people taking to the streets, it’s a mixed crowd, it’s not just black people, it’s everybody. That is what it takes for change, everybody has to care about it, back then not everybody cared about it.
Marshall knows that the reason this time is so different is that everyone is coming together for a common cause.