NFL Player Took a Knee to Support Colin Kaepernick. Then Denver PD Chief Challenged Him, Big Time

Denver Bronco Brandon Marshall made headlines this month for taking a knee during the national anthem.

Marshall, who supports Kaepernick, said he didn’t do it to spite cops or veterans, but to protest “social injustice.” Marshall is one of 14 NFL players who have performed some kind of protest during the anthem:

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And now he’s one of the first to do more than protest. On Tuesday, Marshall met with Denver Police Chief Robert White:

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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.

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He said of the meeting, in part:

“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.”

During their hour-long meeting, White didn’t get into the details about whether he supported Marshall or not. He did, however, offer three challenges to the Bronco, via The Denver Post:

One of those suggestions will include a ride-along with an officer.

Another will be to test the department’s simulator used to train officers in “shoot” and “don’t shoot” scenarios.

Another will be to continue to speak with local youths to encourage them to “make good decisions” and “not putting themselves in harm’s way.”

Independent Journal Review reached out to Marshall to ask if he was going to move forward with White’s suggestions, but didn’t receive word by the time of publication.

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