Bears receiver Brandon Marshall met with the media Thursday at Halas Hall and had plenty to say about domestic violence, media coverage, his past and his progress.
It has been an eventful week for Marshall. On Sunday, he battled through an ankle injuryto catch three touchdown passes in the Bears’ 28-20 come-from-behind win over the 49ers. Bears’ Brandon Marshall still can’t escape his past
On Tuesday, he fired Twitter shots at ESPN after the network unearthed a two-year-old profile of him on “E:60,” sprinkling in minor updates to a story that detailed the receiver’s troubled past and experiences with domestic abuse as well as his steps toward reform.
Then Wednesday, Marshall’s abusive relationship with former girlfriend Rasheedah Watley was pushed back into the spotlight in an odd news conference in Atlanta where prominent lawyer Gloria Allred was joined by Watley’s father, Clarence, and close friend Kristeena Spivey.
Together, that trio spoke to the violence and abuse in Marshall’s past as a means of criticizing the NFL for what Allred asserted were shoddy league practices in investigating such cases of abuse and violence from players.
Here are a few of the most notable things the Bears receiver had to say at the podium Thursday:
On the controversies that have embroiled the NFL in recent months:
“My view on the NFL and this current climate that we’re in, I think it’s a shame. But I do love and respect what we’re doing. Because the NFL, as we all know, has the ability to transform lives, to transform communities. We have influence. We have influence to really shape and mold a culture. So these issues, whether we’re wearing lime green on the field or pink or orange, whatever, I think that is sweet. I love it. Because the amount of awareness and the amount of influence that we have can really dictate a lot.”
On why he was so upset with ESPN after Tuesday’s re-airing of his “E:60” profile that detailed his past with domestic violence:
“That takes me to why I was so upset with ESPN. And this is tough. This is a really tough one for me. It’s really tough because in situations like this, you’re not going to hear people defending themselves. There are just certain things where if you get defensive, if you speak your mind, you’re going to be judged and you’re going to make yourself look even worse. And for six and seven years, I’ve sat back and accepted my part in everything that I’ve done, everything that I’ve been a part of. And I’ve listened to representatives say, ‘Listen, you can’t win this one.’ And you can’t. There’s no need to try to win it. But I refuse to sit back and continue to let ESPN or any other network or outlet exploit my story. Because they don’t know the real story.
“ESPN really does know the story. Because they were sent packets with both sides of it. And that’s what is so upsetting. When someone can sit in my living room and look at me and my wife in the eyes and say, ‘Listen, this story is about what you’re doing today. The mentorship.’ Or this is about your camp, this is about your community weekend. And then they use our story and they sensationalize it to sell magazines or to get better ratings. It’s time that stops.”
On how the court of public opinion needs to slow down:
“I just think that we need to get all the details. It doesn’t matter if it takes a day or if it takes a month. We need to get all the details before we can play judge and jury. Because there are two sides to a story. And there are some thing that we don’t know. And there are times where networks or ESPN will sensationalize a story to get their ratings up or to sell magazines.”
More to follow…
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