New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall abruptly walked out of an interview.
Last Thursday, Marshall appeared remotely on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan Show”. He became incensed when the subject turned to comments he made about how players of Caucasian descent are treated differently than players of African descent in 2015.
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“I’m not getting into the race card with you guys,” Marshall said. “So, if that’s what you guys want to do you can go there, but Black guys in America get treated differently, period, so I’ll just say that. Black guys in America get treated differently.”
The interview began with banter about how poorly the New York Jets, Marshall’s former team, will play this season. Then the conversation shifted towards a discussion of race, a subject Marshall didn’t want to discuss.
Two years ago, in his capacity as a host on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”, Marshall discussed the New England Patriots and the then-current Deflategate scandal. He said that many players are under the impression that discipline handed down by the league is race specific.
“White players, specifically at the quarterback position, are treated differently,” he said.
Marshall didn’t want to continue a discussion of race with two Caucasians hosting a show in Boston, a city with a history of racial animus.
The latest Boston incident involved racial slurs and taunts being directed at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones during a between the Orioles and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in early May. A fan also threw a bag of peanuts at Jones.
“We done with this interview?” Marshall said. “Can I get off this interview? All right, I’m done with you guys. Come on, man, you’re going back to a year ago, brother. You guys made news now.
“You got Brandon Marshall to say Black guys get treated differently and I’m going to drop the mic on you guys. Change the subject or I’m getting off. I’m dropping the mic.”
The final straw was when the interview turned to the subject of domestic violence. Marshall was accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend in 2006. He was suspended for one game in 2008 in another alleged domestic violence incident.
The hosts said they believe Marshall got a pass because of his well-documented battle with bipolar disorder.
“Ah, s—t,” he said. “I’m done with you guys.”
Marshall pulled off his headphones, got up, and accidentally spilled coffee on his computer. He apologized for the spill, attempted to clean up the mess, and walked away.