Brandon Marshall chose to kneel during the national anthem Thursday night before his Denver Broncos took on Carolina Panthers to open the NFL season. As a result of that action, Marshall has lost a sponsorship.
The Air Academy Federal Credit Union has terminated its partnership with the Broncos middle linebacker. In a post on its Facebook page, AAFCU expressed its stance:
The Broncos issued the following statement after Marshall’s decision to kneel during the anthem:
“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision,”
Marshall was teammates with Colin Kaepernick at Nevada as joined his protest of the national anthem and flag in a show of solidarity.
Players like Marshall and Kaepernick obviously have the right to express themselves and protest how they see fit. That said, there are sometimes consequences for those decisions and potentially losing sponsors is certainly a risk they have taken.