Broncos’ Brandon Marshall to donate $300 per tackle to Denver charities
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall came out of his nearly one-hour meeting Tuesday at Denver police headquarters realizing he needed “to do more” beyond kneeling during the national anthem, as he did before last Thursday’s game.
And Marshall took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a lengthy commentary on his plans going forward, highlighted by his pledge to donate $300 for every one of his tackles this season to Denver organizations and programs to address “critical social issues.”
The post to Instagram featured Marshall posing alongside Denver police chief Robert White.
In the post, Marshall writes, in its entirety:
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 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.
If Marshall matches last season’s total of 102 tackles, he will donate $30,600 to Denver-area charities and organizations.
It certainly looks like Marshall intends to use his protest last week — not to mention the subsequent fallout that led to his meeting with Denver police — to effectuate positive change in his community. While many have disagreed with Marshall’s original decision to kneel during the anthem, it’s hard to find fault with his conduct since the incident.
Although Marshall has indicated he intends to continue kneeling, beginning with Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.