Brandon Marshall refused to stand for the national anthem before Thursday’s nationally-televised NFL season opener, and that did not go over well with one of his endorsement partners, Air Academy Federal Credit Union. AAFCU terminated its relationship with Marshall this morning. From AAFCU’s statement:
“Although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) has ended our partnership. AAFCU is a membership-based organization who has proudly served the military community for over 60 years. While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership. We wish Brandon well on his future endeavors.”
Marshall, who is under a $32 million, four-year contract with the Broncos, claimed that he committed the act of disrespect because he is “against social injustice.” We are not sure how his anti-social behavior towards an outward symbol of our nation somehow unwinds the social injustice that he perceives (we could only hope to be so maligned with a $32 million contract), but it is interesting to note that he went to college with Colin Kaepernick, the second string San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the trend of refusing to stand for the anthem.
Marshall became the official celebrity spokesperson for the financial institution earlier this year. AAFCU’s decision is not surprising, considering they serve a customer base that is taught respect for the flag, the nation, and its traditions.
Marshall has a right to not stand for the anthem, but he also must face the consequences of his actions. AAFCU was right to drop him. Perhaps AAFCU can find another celebrity who respects the service of its members and their families.