NFL Player Brandon Marshall Get’s What He Deserves.
When Stephen Martin, the owner of Prime Time Sports in Colorado Springs, Colorado, heard about Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall’s refusal to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in the United States, he immediately canceled the football player’s scheduled appearance and autograph signing at his store.
“We scheduled Brandon Marshall’s autograph signing two months before the controversy happened during the football game,” said Martin. “After the opening game I decided to cancel this event and soon after my store phones and social media pages were lit up with the kind of words that no business owner ever wants to here. I got mushy and angry at the same time. There was overwhelming support honoring our flag and standing for our national anthem.” When Prime Time Sports canceled an autograph signing event with Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall following his decision to take a knee during the national anthem in September 2016. The sports store issued a statement:
“Due to the overwhelming response we have received from our valued customers and the surrounding community, this event has been canceled. All tickets purchased will be fully refunded.”
Prime Time Sports is a sports store and its owner says it’s found himself wedged in an uncomfortable spot after a controversial gesture by a Denver Broncos star. Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee before the game during the national anthem. Reaction, as expected, had been mixed. Caught in the middle is Prime Time Sports at Chapel Hills Mall, which had scheduled an autograph signing event with Marshall prior to the game.
“When Brandon Marshall joined a few other NFL players and their stand and deciding to kneel, we received backlash, people calling, commenting on the Facebook page wanting refunds, just because they don’t agree with what he’s doing,” said store manager Erika Ochoa.
Some fans thought they were seeing fallout from Marshall’s decision after noticing a sign at the mall touting marked down autograph prices.
“We were talking with mall security here about potentially getting an off-duty police officer, a few people, just to have here for security. We’ve had multiple comments on the Facebook page saying they hope altercations happen because [Marshall] needs to learn his lesson. … We completely understand everybody has their opinion, but we don’t want him to be in that situation or have our employees or customers in that uncomfortable dangerous situation.”
It started when Marshall decided to take a knee during the singing of the national anthem, a trend first started by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It’s since grown into a national debate surrounding the issue of police brutality and patriotism. Despite the cancellation of the signing, the sports retailer is still receiving a lot of heat from angry people across the country.
These ball players who decide to take a knee during the National Anthem rather than salute the flag; disrespect the general public. They have to be aware they are offending their fans as well. Stephan Martin took to Facebook as a plea and the idea of honoring the Flag and veterans. “If you are in agreement with me, then send me your photographs of your loved ones that are veterans, in active service who have been injured in the line of duty or who have paid the ultimate price.”
“I woke and up and stood up. Why am I being silent? Nobody is speaking up for the veterans that gave us our freedoms. Of course, Brandon Marshall has a message to share, but what is the appropriate way of sharing that message?”
A sign posted in the middle of the store window proudly reads: “This space is reserved for these people who have sacrificed for our flag and what it represents: WE HONOR THEM.”
“Our voice, the voice of the active, the injured and the fallen is being heard. Thank You America,” Martin wrote on his Facebook page. Martin said that his cause is not about the store, himself or Brandon Marshall, “it’s about honoring those military veterans who have given us this freedom to express ourselves.”
November is Salute to Service month with the NFL and Veteran’s Day is November 11th. Martin is hoping to get a color guard at the store and have them sing the National Anthem before taking down the window display. “I want both our voices to be heard,” said Martin.
Martin has received over 680 photographs and received an additional 300 photos overnight.