New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall appeared on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” Tuesday, and made some interesting comments in regards to the way he (and other players) view the league's disciplinary process.
The conversation (obviously) was about Tom Brady and the whole Deflategate saga, and Marshall said that "a lot of players" believe that skin color is a factor when it comes to the way the NFL's disciplinary decisions are made.
"There are a lot of players out there that believe that white players, specifically at the quarterback position, are treated differently," Marshall said.
Brady's four-game suspension was lifted, of course, and Marshall said that if it were Cam Newton who was suspended instead, the judge may have gone in a different direction.
"Well, when you look back at the history of this sport, you can build a case on that, yes," Marshall said.
He also clarified that players of multiple races share these views, and that these opinions aren't only his, but that they're fairly widespread.
"I think that the important role that I play on this show is to give the viewers [an] inside look of the locker room," Marshall said. "I am a player right now. This is not just from our locker room; this is from the locker rooms across the states. This is how guys are feeling. This is not just my opinion. These are conversations I'm having with guys."
"It's just not African-American players," Marshall said. "I've had this conversation with Caucasian players as well. The most important part of this whole discussion is the process for the players. They just want the process to be fair and right. They just want to get it right."
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