New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles has told his wide receiver Brandon Marshall to be 'smarter moving forward' after hearing about his racial comments.
However, he also said the comments aren't a distraction and shouldn't be a big deal for the Jets as they prepare for their first game of the new season.
Bowles spoke to his wide receiver after he made comments yesterday implying the NFL determines punishment and discipline lengths for players that have broken the rules depending on their race.
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Marshall stated yesterday that he believes black players are treated differently than white players in terms of discipline.
When Bowles heard this he said according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News: "I just like him (to be) smarter moving forward... In terms of how he says things."
As teams get ready for their first game of the season, Bowles is probably just wanting to make sure that all of his players, including Marshall, are focused on the Jets' week one match up against the Cleveland Browns.
In terms of causing any distractions inside the Jets facility though, the Head Coach said they wouldn't and that it isn't a big deal.
He said according to Pro Football Focus: “No, it’s not a distraction. I read what he said and I heard what he said. Brandon and I had a talk about it and we’re fine. We’re both fine. He’s fine. The team is fine too. It’s no big deal."
So everything is fine and dandy at the Jets as they prepare to play against the Browns. The question still remains though if anyone else will speak out and agree with Marshall over his racial comments.