The Air Academy Federal Credit Union, which serves mainly members of the military and their families, quickly dropped Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall as its spokesperson after he kneeled in protest during the national anthem.
Glenn Strobe, CEO of the credit union, said in a statement released on Friday that the company respects Marshall’s “right of expression,” but “his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership.”
Marshall was the latest NFL player to join San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protesting the national anthem. Kaepernick said he refuses to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Kaepernick’s protest sparked a national controversy and drawn both harsh criticism and support.
Other athletes to join Kaepernick in protest of the national anthem are Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, fellow 49er Eric Reid and soccer star Megan Rapinoe.