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Broncos LB ends National Anthem protest

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to TMZ Sports, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall has ended his protest against the Star Spangled Banner. He says he’ll stand for the rest of the season.

He followed in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who protested in August — as he said he was doing it to raise social injustice awareness. He said he was doing it because there were “dead bodies in the street” following police brutality.

Brandon Marshall (Getty Images)

Brandon Marshall (Getty Images)

“Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem,” Marshall said. “Not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become.

“Just because I am standing doesn’t mean the work will end. There’s much work to be done. I’ll continue to recognize and support organizations that are stepping up as leaders and making a real difference in our community, and I will do my part to be there for those in need.”

In the Instagram post, he also asked for people to join the Idriss Stelley Foundation in the campaign for Justice for O’Shaine Evans.

Evans, Marshall wrote, was a 26-year-old, who was shot and killed by SFPD on Oct. 7, 2014. The Idriss Stelley Foundation is a grassroots organization in the Bay Area that offers free support to victims of police violence.

“I really appreciate the support from my family, teammates, coaches and fans,” he continued. “I’m grateful for those who have taken the time to hear me out. I’m excited for what all of us can accomplish when we truly work together.”

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