Just days after New York Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock had his home spray-painted with swastikas, “KKK” and “Trump” during a break-in, another NFL player revealed that he has received a racist, hate-filled letter.
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall shared the handwritten note on Friday that he received at the team’s headquarters in Englewood, Colorado — and it was vicious to say the least.
It calls the Super Bowl champion “worthless,” a “gorilla/monkey” and says he should “move back to the jungle” — all in capital letters. It also included a direct threat, telling Marshall: “Your time is coming, watch out n—–!!”
“The hatred by some against people of color is one of the reasons we are where we’re at in the world today and they wonder why we feel the way we do and take the stances that we take,” the Las Vegas native wrote on Instagram beside a photo of the letter.
Marshall, 27, was one of the first NFL players to join Colin Kaepernick in his protest of the national anthem earlier this year by taking a knee during the Bronco’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
“Colin is my fraternity brother, my ex-teammate,” the University of Nevada alum said. “I support Colin and what he’s trying to do.”
Marshall went on to say: “The message is I’m against social injustice. I’m not against the military or police or America at all. I’m against social injustice and I feel like this was the right thing to do,” he continued, according to NFL.com.
The political stance quickly lost him an endorsement deal as the Air Academy Federal Credit Union pulled its backing of the athlete.
“Although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) has ended our partnership,” President/CEO Glenn Strebe said in a statement in September.
On Thursday, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said the attack on Whitlock’s house is “a direct reflection of how this country is being run and how this country is reacting maybe to some of the decisions and some of the ways that this country is being run and the things that are being said by the people at [the] helm of this country and at the helm of our day-to-day lives,” according to ESPN.