COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KXRM) — After cancelling Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall’s scheduled autograph signing this weekend, Prime Time Sports in the Chapel Hills Mall is now dealing with safety concerns.
It started last Thursday when Marshall decided to take a knee during the singing of the national anthem, a trend first started by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
It’s since grown into a national debate surrounding the issue of police brutality and social injustice. Despite the cancellation of the signing which came Monday, the sports retailer is still receiving a lot of heat from angry people across the country.
“I’m not here to spread hate,” Marshall said. “I’m not here to respond to the hate. I’m here to spread love and positivity.”
It’s been nearly a week since Marshall became the latest football player to take a knee during the national anthem, a move that has sparked debate nationally and locally.
“Everybody that I’ve talked to that are in the military, I know a lot of people, I know a lot of vets,” said Marshall. “People that I’ve seen comment on the situation and they’re all supportive of me. All the vets, all the military people — they all are supporting me and it’s just everybody else that doesn’t support me. People that aren’t in the military.”
Colorado Springs Prime Time Sports would not go on camera today, telling FOX21 that the safety for customers and the store is now a concern as more people continue to threaten the store.
“It’s a hateful world, you know what I’m saying,” said Marshall. “It’s a hateful world.”
Although the store has no Marshall jerseys for sale, the selection of Kaepernick jerseys is sold out.
“At what point do we do something about it,” said Kaepernick. “At what point do we take a stand and as a people say this isn’t right. You have a badge, yes, you’re suppose to be protecting us — not murdering us and that’s what the issue really is.”
“I’m definitely with Kaepernick,” said Marshall. “I’m with Kaepernick as far as there’s some police laws that could be changed.”
The store has since beefed up their security as a precaution but as far as Marshall is concerned, it’s business as usual.
“At the end of the day, I’m still going to play football and at the same time do what I believe in,” said Marshall.
The Chapel Hills Mall did not return our call for a statement regarding the safety of the store and the mall. The store owner told FOX21 they will not be taking any more media requests.