Brandon Marshall claims 'race card' helped Tom Brady ban decision - NFL/NBA round-up

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Marshall claim

New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has revealed that many players in the NFL are of the opinion that race played a vital role in Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being lifted.

Last week a judge ruled that Brady was innocent in any wrongdoing regarding the ‘Deflategate’ scandal, and Marshall implied that a large amount of players in the league felt that white quarterbacks were given special treatment.

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He then confirmed that he thought black players were held to a different standard, saying he’d talked to white players who felt the same.

"There are a lot of players out there that believe that white players -- specifically, at the quarterback position -- are treated differently," he said, as per ESPN.

"I think that there are three different types of players' views in this thing.

"No. 1 is the fighter. I think there are guys in the fight with Tom. When one player's rights are upheld, then all players' rights are upheld. It's not about what he did, if he's right or wrong. It's more about the process. Is it fair?

"The second is cowards -- I call them cowards. That's the guys that are afraid to face Tom Brady. They want him suspended; I don't believe in that."

Marshall said the third was "the race card," before stating: "This is not just from our locker room, this is from locker rooms across the States."

Bills u-turn

In other news the Buffalo Bills have u-turned on their decision to cut Matt Cassel, with the former Vikings quarterback now back on the roster.

Cassel had been dropped in favour of Tyrod Taylor and E.J Manuel, but it looks as though The Bills have found a way to make him more affordable.

Morris fined

Across to the NBA, and Markieff Morris’ tweet, wherein he demanded a trade, was enough to land him a $10,000 fine from the league.

In a statement the NBA said that Morris’ actions had been detrimental, and he’s been ordered to pay up as a result.

Irving update

Elsewhere there’s good news for Cleveland Cavaliers fans, with Kyrie Irving now expected to return early from injury.

The 23-year-old was initially expected to be out until at least January, but the latest reports indicate he’s in line to return to the court well before then.

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