Brandon Marshall Tells Trump Where He Can Cram It

Brandon Marshall.

Denver7 reports, President Donald Trump’s latest slam on National Football League players–which occurred even after the NFL announced a new highly controversial policy regarding the national anthem at games intended to mollify Trump–is too much for Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall:

The NFL decided that players and league personnel on the sideline must stand for the anthem, while permitting those uncomfortable with this rule to remain in the locker room. President Donald Trump, who galvanized NFL players last September when he called for owners to “fire” those who disrespect the anthem, applauded the league’s new policy. Trump suggested players who protest “shouldn’t be in the country.”

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall called Trump’s comments “disgusting.”

“I say disgusting because of our First Amendment rights. We have freedom of speech, freedom to protest. So if somebody protests something, now we get someone kicked out of the country? That’s not how things should work in my opinion,” Marshall said. “We are supposed to have a conversation about things, talk about things, work things through. Everybody is not going to agree. Everybody is not going to have the same opinion. Just because somebody has an issue with something going on in this country they should pack up and leave? That’s absurd.” [Pols emphasis]

Marshall and All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris admitted they understood why the league adopted the policy, with Marshall explaining, “I don’t like it, but they are trying to protect the shield.” However, both believe the players should have been consulted before revisions were made…

The NFL’s new policy requiring players to either stand respectfully for the national anthem or stay in the locker room until the anthem is over comes as a direct response to Trump’s wild demagoguery on the issue, which is asserted to have in turn caused conservative football fans to slacken their attendance and viewership of NFL games. The players, for their part, deny that their protest is meant to be unpatriotic–merely calling attention to a critical issue leveraging the camera time they are given.

So, you have all of that. Then, despite the fact that the NFL has essentially surrendered to Trump on the issue over the free speech rights of its players, Trump still can’t leave well enough alone. The President keeps going, ridiculously suggesting that NFL players, American citizens, be kicked out of the country if they don’t stand for the national anthem.

Is there anyone out there willing to defend this? We just don’t see how you can.

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  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    Is there anyone out there willing to defend this?

    Gerbils or Fluffy should be along any minute now to do so.

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    “I love the National Anthem … and I love the First Amendment and I’ll just leave it that.”

    Nancy Pelosi declines to take a position on the NFL anthem ruling, but says she wishes the players had been a bigger part of the decision #PelosiTownHall

    — CNN (@CNN) May 24, 2018

  3. Moderatus says:

    There is a difference between a right and an obligation as a leader in society. Everyone has the right to protest, but you don't have the right to make a scene when I've paid $100 to be there and advertisers are spending millions to pay for your platform. If Brandon Marshall wants the perks that go with being an American football star he should respect the nation he lives in and gives him the opportunity to be successful.

    My two cents.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      What took you so long?

      So fining the players is okay with you? But how do you feel about Trump's suggestion that they be deported? And considering most if not all of them were born here, to precise where would he send them back?

      Cry me a river for the advertisers and their lost millions.

    • mamajama55 says:

      How does the players' quiet protest take anything away from you? They're kneeling…the national anthem is still playing. Most people are still standing. The opening game ritual is intact. Your $100/ seat fee has not been taken away or devalued.

      As far as obligation, the players feel that they are obligated to use their unique prominence as famous athletes to draw attention to the disproportionate jailing, beating and killing of people of color in police custody. Away from the context of the game, they rightfully fear that police would just treat them as if they are thugs, as if their lives “do not matter”. Sterling Brown, NBA Bucks player, was tased by police for a parking violation just last week.

      From Vox, using FBI statistics :

      • JohnInDenver says:

        I'm not certain what is the problem with a few people kneeling.

        But imagine the reaction if a Democratic government leader told other companies they had to have their employees act in a certain fashion, such as mandatory jumping jacks because it is the national responsibility to be healthy. Or that in addition to singing the National Anthem, everyone needs to sing a verse and chorus of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the Black National Anthem.

        Some might object ….

    • unnamed says:

      So, kneeling players ruins the whole thing?  Sensitive much?

    • marklane1351 says:

      If you are so pissy about this, give away your tickets and all your Broncos gear to some poor kid who can’t afford it

    • Genghis says:

      Everyone has the right to protest, but you don't have the right to make a scene when I've paid $100 to be there and advertisers are spending millions to pay for your platform. 


      The only people "making a scene" are the drunken hillbilly shitheads who boo and throw things at protesting players. So then, what you're advocating here amounts to a heckler's veto.

      Moderapist, even you aren't that stupid.

      My two cents.

      That's way more than the market will bear.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      You might be 5% right, Fluffy . . . 

      My two cents

      . . . but, then,  you’d be tying your personal record,

      . . . and it’d be twice in a row.

      Not likely!

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Let’s just play ball . . . 

    It all felt right, until temporary grieving turned into a permanent, commercial bonanza — and a chilling referendum on who gets to be American. But then it didn’t feel right, like when in 2008, a New York police officer ejected a fan at a Red Sox-Yankees game after he left his seat during a seventh-inning-stretch recording of “God Bless America.”

    Recently a high-ranking Red Sox official told me — nearly 17 years after the towers fell — that he really doesn’t know why the team still plays “God Bless America,” but he knows this: The team would “get killed” publicly if it was the first team to stop doing it.

    There was another major pivot when the Department of Defense surreptitiously began paying sports teams to embed the military in the game — paying to have servicemen strategically seated at games, surprise homecomings as in-game entertainment, American flags the size of the football field — as recruiting tools. The public wasn’t told that the displays weren’t organic supporters of the troops but a business transaction between military and team. The commercials followed.

    . . . I’m fucking tired of being marketed everything — America, politicians and religion especially,  like it was a pair oftennis shoes, or underarm deodorant.

    How Did Our Sports Get So Divisive?

    • unnamed says:

      Agreed.  But it is beyond marketing.  People telling other people who they have to be and who they can't be and what they can and can't do.  I hate that even more than run-of-th-mill marketing.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        It’s all marketing . . . 

        They sell us the President the same way
        They sell us our clothes and our cars
        They sell us every thing from youth to religion
        The same time they sell us our wars
        I want to know who the men in the shadows are
        I want to hear somebody asking them why
        They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
        But they're never the ones to fight or to die
        And there are lives in the balance
        There are people under fire
        There are children at the cannons
        And there is blood on the wire

        Jackson Brown —Lives in the Balance



        • notaskinnycook says:

          I LOVE that song. He wrote it during the Reagan administration while living in Spain and watching our politics from the vantage point of an ex-pat. The wars he spoke of were Reagan's Central American Contra wars. Somehow, every time it seems dated, some warmongering Republican S.O.B, ends up in the White House and makes it timely again

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