Six days ago, the NFL's second most famous Brandon Marshall took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with his former Nevada teammate Colin Kaepernick. Their protests were controversial, defiant, and intended to spotlight police brutality.
Today, Marshall took to Instagram to set the record straight—and unveiled a plan to help make a difference.Posing with a Denver police officer, Marshall wrote that he's had "productive conversations" with law enforcement. He also pledged to donate $300 for every tackle he makes this season to "organizations that benefit the Denver community," though it's unclear which outlets he has in mind.
"You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange," he said.
The Denver Broncos linebacker protested during a high-profile, prime-time Super Bowl rematch against the Carolina Panthers last week, and it set off a social media firestorm in the process.
“I support Colin. I support ‘Kaep.’ I understand where he’s coming from,” Marshall said, via the Denver Post. “I definitely see what he’s saying. I support him on that. I’m not mad at him for that. Some people are bashing him on the internet, but I’m not bashing him at all. I support him.”