INTERCEPTED: MEET THE NFL’S NEWEST “DIVA” BRANDON MARSHALL


Today as I read Pat Kirwan’s article on NFL.com entitled: “Teams interested in Marshall should proceed with caution”, I couldn’t help but think…here we go.

Brandon Marshall is making his way into the media spotlight and it’s not because of his success on the field. To summarize Mr. Kirwan’s article, he attempts to draw parallels between many of the famous “diva-esque” wide receivers of the past. You know the names, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Keyshawn Johnson etc. He describes Chad as “always looking for attention”, T.O.’s “bouncing around the league” and despite Moss’ success in New England, it’s noted that he is on his “third team.” While it doesn’t appear that the article is geared at making any of the referenced players look bad nor am I implying this. The article does seem to highlight to less appealing aspects of their careers while attempting to make the case that Marshall could potentially be headed down the same path, thus advising future teams interested in Marshall the “buyer beware” caution.

It should be noted that Pat Kirwan isn’t the only journalist with Marshall on his radar, as I’ve read several articles in the past few weeks aimed at him which is more than I can remember reading in his entire career. Writers across the sports industry have been gearing up to slap the “diva” label on Marshall, and with teams like the Baltimore Ravens in desperate need of a #1 wide receiver, this comes at an inconvenient time for him but seemingly less for the media.

So with all of the rumors swirling, the question on everyone’s mind is exactly what Marshall has been up to that would cause so much attention from sports journalist. After doing a little research I found out that Brandon Marshall is entering the 2009 season fresh off of a hip operation he believed was initially misdiagnosed by the Denver Broncos’ team medical staff. Apparently, he’s also unhappy with his contract in Denver and is not happy with things as they stand with his career there. Despite all of this, he has however decided to forgo the $15,888 a day fine for holding out of training camp and reported on Monday for team activities. To be fair he has yet to participate in any of the required practice sessions with the team because he’s listed as injured according to the report, which could be true considering his past injury, but if you know anything about disgruntled players with contract issues, injuries seem to disappear when they get paid. So other than the “injury” issue, this all seems pretty normal to most people.

Unfortunately for Marshall now, unless he accepts an inferior amount of money from the Broncos, sucks it up and doesn’t speak one word of indifference towards the Broncos organization all season, all eyes will be on him. Everything he does from here on out will be picked apart and parsed for additional meaning. Using Pat Kirwan’s own words: “Sooner or later…he is going to be the topic of trade talks in Denver. The new head coach is already in the process of getting Marshall to understand who the boss is and how things are going to work. Marshall had to report to camp with the rookies, four days earlier than the rest of the veterans. That should not sit well with the young man.”

As with his statement above, the same can be said about some of the articles on Marshall that have been written. They don’t sit well with observers who see him as a regular WR being labeled for unnecessary reasons. Yes wide receivers are high maintenance and some do act out but it seems a bit presumptuous of the sporting world to have already dubbed him something that he has yet to become because of the track record of others before him. Only time will tell but I don’t like the direction any of this is going.

Khai

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Comment by OfficialGroupie on July 30, 2009 at 1:28pm
diva my ass. that nigga is crazy. my ex is friends with him. he got a temper out of this world. here's a link about how he abused his ex:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4219170
Comment by Khai G. on July 30, 2009 at 1:35pm
DAYUM! Didn't know that...lawd have mercy.
Comment by Siren on July 30, 2009 at 2:00pm
Wow OG that interview was something else....these chicks needs to hold these fools accountable and stop covering up for them.
Comment by The NFL Chick on July 30, 2009 at 2:13pm
Yeah ESPN's OTL did a good analysis on him and his charges. And allegedly the Broncos ask the ex to turn a blind eye to it.
Comment by Baller Alert on July 30, 2009 at 2:40pm
Some of these niggas are not worth the trouble...NEXT!
Comment by Hello Kitty on July 30, 2009 at 2:50pm
That was really sad. One of the comments someone left was that you abuse a dog and you get 2 years, you abuse another human being and you get off with a fine. You can tell this girl was really in love and was a battered girlfriend. That was sad. At the same time, she should have left him. I know it's not easy but can you blame the Broncos for his actions? In a way you can because they go along with what these players do. But they are all about making money and that's the bottom line for them. He's a cutie too, shame.
Comment by Khai G. on July 30, 2009 at 3:10pm
I feel bad for sticking up for his play on the field and the labels now. Damn shame!
Comment by Hello Kitty on July 30, 2009 at 5:49pm
You didn't know girl, that's why I love BA, everyone keeps everyone in the loop.
Comment by Khai G. on July 30, 2009 at 6:08pm
@Hello Kitty you're right...smdh!
Comment by Beautiful Brownie on July 31, 2011 at 5:52pm

So Brandon's been diagnosed with Bipolar disease.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Brandon-Marsh...

 

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