Russell Simmons Sends HUGE Message To Those Protesting National Anthem!
This particular protest comes with a fairly steep price tag for all who’s involved.
We’ve witnessed many NFL athletes take the chance, putting their careers on the line to fight injustice via their platforms.
And, unfortunately, some have lost hard-earned endorsement deals due to their active protests.
It seems that America loves Black athletes’ abilities, just not the abilities to use their voices and be heard … even without speaking.
Russell to the Rescue
After hearing about linebacker Brandon Marshall’s severed endorsements with CenturyLink and Air Academy Federal Credit Union, Russell mentioned he was interested in picking up the player for a RUSHCARD endorsement.
“Which other company is supporting Brandon? It says two endorsements. RUSHCARD is in. We will find Brandon and make him an offer and make him a deal.”
This is what it means when the Black community wields its own power.
As protesting is concerned, it’s a major dilemma for players who want to speak out. They, literally, have everything to lose.
As a nation, we just realized that the current national anthem is a song which glorifies the abuse and death of slaves. Yet, America knowingly continues to honor the song and punishes those who refuse.
What kind of forced sellout is that?
The Internal Battle
Within 24 hours of initial protest, Brandon Marshall lost his Air Academy endorsement. Shortly thereafter, CenturyLink followed.
The source notes that CenturyLink also holds various Seattle Seahawks player endorsements as well. However, there hasn’t been any confirmation whether the company intends to pull their contracts as well.
It’s understandable that players are wary about the protest, given that their endorsements are on the line.
That’s their money. And, we know we don’t like people playing with our money, right?
It’s an internal struggle, to say the least.
“Do I stand with my brothers and sisters in protest? Will they be there for me when I need them? Or, will they leave me hanging?”
These athletes have families depending on them as the breadwinners. What incentive do Black athletes have to put their entire careers on the line?
Before Russell Simmons’ RUSHCARD offer, and other than being on the moral side of history, there was no incentive.
Just a pat on the back and a “thank you for your support.”
But when it’s bill season, will they have support or will their efforts fade into the background?
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