New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall walked off an interview Wednesday with two WEEI (Boston) radio hosts who pushed Marshall on race and an old domestic violence allegation against him.
WEEI's Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan pressed Marshall on comments he made nearly two years ago on the NFL’s handling of the Deflategate suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Marshall said at the time that "white players specifically, at the quarterback position, are treated differently."
“I’m not getting into the race card with you guys, if that’s what you want to do," Marshall said. "Black guys in America get treated differently. Period. I’ll just say that.”
Pressed on the topic again, Marshall said “Are we done with this interview? "Can I get off this interview? I’m done with you guys. ... Change the subject or I’m getting off and dropping the mic.”
Marshall was then asked about a 2008 domestic violence arrest. He was charged, but acquitted.
“Oh, (expletive),” Marshall said. “Alright, man. I’m done with you guys. Bye."
Listen to the full interview below.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall gets angry with Kirk and Callahan; Walks off showPosted by WEEI Sports Radio Network on חמישי 13 יולי 2017
Valentine’s View: Marshall was absolutely justified in walking off this interview. The apparent coffee-spilling, well, that’s a bit childish, but whatever. Marshall got ambushed when he was simply making a charity appearance. There’s no call for that. Unfortunately, the radio hosts are getting exactly what they hoped for — lots of attention.
A Friendlier Interview
Marshall had a better appearance on the ‘Boomer & Carton Show’ on CBS Sports Network . Among the topics were Odell Beckham Jr. — of course — and his time with the New York Jets.
Here is a little bit of what Marshall said.
On the presence of Odell Beckham Jr. ...
“There’s something special about this guy. When he walks in the room. The big story was that he wasn’t there all off-season. I had an opportunity to be in the building when he wasn’t there and obviously when he came in. When he came in it was so powerful. The energy in the meeting room goes up, the excitement on the football field goes up and it just takes your game to a whole other level. It’s like, ‘Odell’s here. Let’s go!’ ”
On Beckham’s explosiveness ...
“(He’s) more explosive than I thought, than I could imagine. In the beginning of the off-season he was hanging from the pull up bar. Literally like Spider Man. He dropped and fell into a plank on like two legs and one arm. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s the most amazing body control I have ever seen.’ In that moment I just started watching every little thing he did. This guy is a freak! He wasn’t really running as much in February and March he said, but when he got there in April and we started running, he was jogging and blowing out all the receivers by 20 yards. He would sprint, take off and just turn around and look at us. It was amazing.”
On playing for a team with no chance (he has never been on a playoff team) ...
“Do what I did, ask for a release. Get out of there. Everybody is different. Some guys are okay with throwing their jersey on and collecting a check. You have to understand who the guy is. A lot of those guys in the locker room want to win. Sheldon Richardson came out and said it, ‘We want to win.’ For me, I just knew I couldn’t be in that environment. I think everyone knows the type of personality I am at this point in my career. And I wouldn’t have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn’t have a chance. That’s all you want as a player. We just want a chance.”