Jets Receiver Brandon Marshall Says Whites Treated Better Than Blacks in NFL

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The federal ruling vacating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension prompted the Jets’ Brandon Marshall to insist that whites—especially white quarterbacks—enjoy an easier go in the NFL than black players.

With the recent ruling by a federal judge vacating Brady’s suspension, many are talking about the way discipline is meted out in the NFL.

Speaking on the subject on Showtime’s Inside the NFL, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall insisted that “a lot of players” feel that the league treats whites differently than black players.

“White players, specifically at the quarterback position, are treated differently,” Marshall said.

Marshall went on to say that blacks are “absolutely” held to a different standard.

Saying that he is still a player “in the locker rooms,” Marshall went on to claim that the feeling that blacks have it harder than whites in the NFL is widespread.

Marshall said, “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,” Marshall added. “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.”

Of course, Marshall is well-known for being outspoken. Only a few weeks ago he slammed sports writers for being untrustworthy.

Further, Marshall has talked about race in the locker room several times before. Recently, for instance, he seemed to hint that he thinks Eagles Coach Chip Kelly may be racist against black players.

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