New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has said he believes white players are treated differently when it comes to discipline in the NFL.
Marshall made the claim whilst on Showtime's 'Inside the NFL' last night according to nj.com, during a discussion about Deflategate and the battle between New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL.
The former Chicago Bear said that 'a lot of players' believe the league handles discipline differently depending on the color of the skin of the player in the firing line.
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He said: “White players, specifically at the quarterback position, are treated differently." When host Adam Schein asked the five-time Pro Bowler if he believes black players are disciplined differently Marshall said: "Absolutely. At times, at times, at times, yes.”
Marshall then went deeper into the matter later on in the show and explained the thought process of many players in the league right now. He said: “I think that the important role that I play on this show is to give the viewers [an] inside look of the locker room. 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. 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.”
This could be seen as another reason why so many players and coaches in the NFL want the Commissioner Roger Goodell removed from office, as they believe he isn't issuing punishment and discipline fairly and correctly.
Now Marshall has made the first step to admit his uneasiness with NFL dishing out discipline, it will be interesting to see if any more players step up and voice out their concerns.
The Jets wide receiver has opened up a very important discussion and now is the best time for any other players to speak up if they agree with him.