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Brandon Marshall Loses Second Endorsement After National Anthem Protest

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall made headlines when he joined several other NFL players in kneeling during the national anthem. Now he's making headlines again, this time for a lost endorsement deal.

Not long after Brandon Marshall took a knee to protest racial injustice in the U.S. the linebacker lost his endorsement with Air Academy Federal Credit Union. Now, CenturyLink has followed suit. Just 43 days after signing a deal with Marshall, CenturyLink has terminated their endorsement deal. CenturyLink released a statement with the news:

“We completely respect Brandon Marshall’s personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes. America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs. While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”

Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post spoke with Marshall after his first protest in Week 1, when he assumed this might happen:

Marshall is not the only NFL player who has protested the national anthem, but he does seem to be losing the most endorsements. The linebacker defends his decision saying he won "lose any sleep" over the choice he has made.