Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is the second professional athlete to come out this week with accusations of hateful, racist rhetoric.
Marshall received a hate letter in the mail, but the worst part were the hateful, racial slurs and threatening language that could be read all throughout.
“Just so many racist, derogatory terms that were in it … just a bunch of crazy things that was in it,” Marshall said Friday. “That’s what stood out to me, that somebody would have that much hate or malice toward me or put that much energy into writing something like that and send it to me. It takes so much energy to hate. I just don’t understand it.”
Marshall posted photos of the handwritten letter on his Instagram on Friday.
The letter was sent to Marshall with the guise of being written by a middle school class. The envelope had a return address of Mrs. Jackson’s sixth-grade class at Martin Luther King Middle School, with “We love you, Mr. Marshall” added on the envelope. Marshall is sure that was used as a cover to make sure the letter was received and read.
The Denver Broncos’ security staff is investigating the letter and coach Gary Kubiak ensured the team would be on top of this.
Marshall decided to post the handwritten letter on IG to showcase how racism still plays a huge role in what is deemed to be a progressive United States.
“I just wanted to show that … to expose that racism still does exist,” Marshall said. “A lot of people think, ‘Oh, it’s over; it’s not out there,’ but it really is.
“I wanted to expose that and that there are people like that and we still have a long way to go as people. I wanted to expose that people still hate each other … whether it’s because of your belief system or the color of your skin or just because I’m not like you, you’re not like me.”
Marshall took a knee during the National Anthem through the first eight Broncos’ games of the season, to take a stand against social injustice and peaceably speak out on the police shootings targeting young, unarmed, black men. Marshall also spoke with Denver police officers to find some mediation and common ground for the growing issues in our country.
Although Marshall has decided to stand through the National Anthem in more recent games, he has still been working on fighting injustice by donating money for every tackle he has this season to youth programs.