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Brandon Marshall wants to know what gives.
CenturyLink terminated its endorsement deal with the Denver Broncos linebacker last year due to his protests during the national anthem. But the same telecommunications company vowed that it will not terminate its endorsement deal with his wide receiver teammate Emmanuel Sanders, who was one of 32 Broncos players who knelt during the anthem Sunday in response to President Trump calling any protesting player a "son of a b***h."
What's the reason?
“Our understanding is that the decision to kneel was a team decision, rather than an individual decision,” CenturyLink said in a statement to The Denver Post on Tuesday. “We spoke with Emmanuel and expressed our concern regarding not standing during the national anthem to properly pay respect and gratitude to those who have fought, and many who have died, to serve our great nation and protect the freedom we all enjoy. He indicated he participated in the protest to show team unity and that it was a one-time occurrence.”
So, because Sunday's protest was a team decision and not an individual act, Sanders' endorsement deal with CenturyLink is safe? Well, Marshall isn't buying that explanation whatsoever, taking to his Twitter account Tuesday and letting it be known that he wasn't afforded the same luxury from the company.
Remember, Marshall was the third player in the NFL to kneel during the national anthem last season, following the lead of Colin Kaepernick.
Do you think CenturyLink's explanation is fair?
Here's how Sanders explained the team's decision to kneel during the anthem Sunday.
“We decided to take a knee, it didn’t have anything to do with what the flag meant to me, it had absolutely nothing to do with that,” Sanders said after the Broncos loss Sunday, as reported by The Denver Post. “It’s the fact that our president is sitting up there saying words that he shouldn’t be using and calling guys’ words that he shouldn’t be using because you’re the leader of the United States. That’s just not right. I decided to take a knee on that. He shouldn’t be treating guys like that if you’re standing up for a cause that they believe in.”
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