Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said he expected pushback. He knew not everyone would agree with his decision to kneel for the national anthem before the Broncos’ season opener against Carolina on Thursday evening.
He expected some to perceive his protest, designed to highlight issues such as racial inequality and police brutality, in a negative light.
Friday morning, his expectation became reality when Air Academy Federal Credit Union released him from his endorsement deal. Marshall became AAFCU’s official spokesperson in May.