BSO- “The race card,” Marshall said during his first appearance of the 2015 season on “Inside the NFL,” which aired Tuesday night on Showtime. “There are a lot of players out there that believe that—white players specifically, at the quarterback position—are treated differently.”
Marshall’s answer brought a reaction from “Inside the NFL” co-panelist and former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.
“So you’re telling me that there are players out there—and I don’t know if you believe this,” Esiason said with a glance toward Phil Simms, another co-panelist and a former Giants quarterback. “That there are players out there, that if this were Cam Newton, that his suspension would be upheld, and he would be there, that the judge would see Cam Newton differently because of the color of his skin?”
To which Marshall replied: “Well, when you look back at the history of this sport, you can build a case on that, yes.”
“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.”
What's that they say? You can't argue with results, right? Well, as far as I know there is only one guy that has beat the NFL in federal court and had his entire suspension lifted, and that guy was definitely not black. I guess we will have to wait until the first time a black quarterback gets caught (or apparently gets framed) playing with a semi-deflated (or not deflated at all, who even knows anymore?) football. That will be the ultimate sign of whether or not black players face discrimination in negotiations with the league.
I am not going to sit here and say that Tom Brady was ruled innocent strictly because of the color of his skin, but if you think that who he is didn't have something to do with it then you are delusional. The fact that he is the prototypical All American kid, who beat the odds of being a 6th round pick, and developed into the face of the NFL absolutely worked in his favor. If you want to say that his skin color is part of that then so be it. Do I think Cam Newton wins that appeal? No, I don't. I don't think he wins that appeal because Cam Newton has issues from college that continue to haunt him, as well as the innate ability to put his foot in his mouth at a moment's notice. Do I think RGIII wins that appeal? No, I don't, because RGIII is a mental midget. Do I think Jameis Winston wins that appeal? Do I even have to answer that? The fact is that Tom Brady conducts himself better than a large majority of the NFL and how you carry yourself in court matters just as much as your innocence. There are just certain players in this league that never, ever slip up, and considering how much camera time they get, it's not a coincidence that many of them happen to be white quarterbacks. If you want to say that is related to race then that is your prerogative, but there's a long list of caucasian quarterbacks that would have lost that appeal too. You think Johnny Manziel is getting the benefit of the doubt? How about Ben Roethlisberger? You think Jay Cutler, and his resting bitch face, are winning over a court room? It's not all about race, it's about perception, and the Tom Brady's, Peyton Manning's, and Drew Brees' of the world just project an aura of integrity, regardless of their skin color.
Yeah, there have been plenty of opportunities for a federal court to retract suspensions from black players, but no black player has ever faced a four game suspension for air pressure in a football. Don't forget, Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen both beat the NFL in court, but you aren't going to get a suspension completely rescinded when your transgressions include the physical abuse of women and children. If Tom Brady was playing Week 1 after dragging Gisele out of an elevator on camera then we are having a much different conversation. If Tom Brady tested positive for an illegal substance and the NFL accepted "...but I didn't know what I was putting in my body" as an excuse then you can claim that race was a factor. Until then, let's just except it for what it is, Tom Brady is playing because he made a hell of a case for himself, AND because no one gives a fuck about the PSI of a football.
P.S. Can we get a better African American spokesperson than the guy who manages to wear out his welcome in a new city every two years? He might as well tattoo 'Jackass' across his forehead because he's never getting rid of that label.