Modified 02 Jun 2020, 06:24 IST
Former Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall recalled kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick in 2016, insisting “that is what we had been speaking about then” amid protests over George Floyd’s dying.
Floyd – an African-American man – died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck throughout an arrest final week.
Violent protests have damaged out throughout america since Floyd’s dying, throughout which he was filmed crying out for assist as he was handcuffed and pinned to the bottom.
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL because the finish of the 2016 season, throughout which the ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the USA nationwide anthem in protest in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality.
He filed a grievance in opposition to the NFL in 2017, accusing house owners of colluding to maintain him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.
Marshall additionally kneeled earlier than video games in the course of the 2016 season and the 30-year-old Tremendous Bowl 50 champion informed TMZ: “Again then, we had been referred to as rogues, individuals mentioned that we did not deserve jobs, however that is what we had been speaking about then.
“I feel individuals are taking a look at [Kaepernick] now like, OK, possibly he knew. Individuals did not wish to hear the message after ‘oh they had been kneeling’ they did not need that message, weren’t prepared for it, did not pay attention.
“I hope, and I take a look at it, I hope individuals are prepared for the message, I actually hope they’re prepared for change.”
Marshall – who performed for the Broncos between 2013 and 2018 – mentioned he has spoken to Kaepernick following Floyd’s dying, including: “We talked some about what’s occurred – and that is why he began the Know Your Rights basis – and I requested him if he wanted me to do something, or what I may do to assist.
“He mentioned proper now, in the meanwhile, he is concentrating on authorized help for the protesters, however we’ll discuss extra shifting ahead.”