Brandon Marshall Can Beat Women And Still Be Someone’s Hero
By Robert Ferringo
Karma, boys and girls. Please don’t forget about karma. (And no, that is not the name of some Miami stripper that Brandon Marshall kicked in the ribs.)
I hate to ruin the warm-and-fuzzies of the Brandon Marshall trade but news has come out today that may explain why Miami was willing to part with him in the first place:
That is the Miami Herald reporting on a story originally found in the New York Post. If you don’t feel like clicking the link – and I’m sure this will be a main post on this site later today anyway – the Cliff’s Notes version is that Marshall allegedly punched a (another) woman in the face after/during a fight in a New York City night club over the weekend.
And in case you were wondering, YES, apparently the Bears front office DID know about the incident before they made the deal with Miami. Which, to me, says an awful lot about the people running the show right now.
For those that don’t know, Marshall is a serial woman beater and a soulless, horror of a person. He has had the police called on him no less than a dozen times for domestic issues, has been brought up on charges related to domestic violence on at least three occasions (and that doesn’t include this latest nonsense), and has had other incidents ranging from assault of a law enforcement officer, to DUI, to battery. He has a history of mental illness and has some other highlights:
1. He allegedly instigated the altercation that led to then-teammate Darent Williams being shot and killed on New Year’s Eve/Day. Apparently the bullets were meant for Marshall. And this whole thing happened just hours after Denver blew a Week 17 game in the 2006-2007 season that the Broncos blew, as HUGE favorites, which would have sent them to the playoffs.
2. His wife stabbed him – probably because she was sick of getting the hell beat out of her.
3. He practically forced his way out of Denver after Josh McDaniels came to town. Now, after seeing what a train wreck McDaniels has been in the NFL I can’t say I blame him for wanting to get as far away from him as he could. However, from suspensions to practice issues to rumors about not knowing/caring about the playbook, this guy put on a clinic of how to completely disrupt a team’s season because he only cares about himself. He basically has a big neon sign around his neck that says, “LOCKER ROOM CANCER”.
Now, I know there are some of you that will give me the, “He hasn’t been found guilty of anything here,” or the “let’s let the legal system run its course” or try to defend any of his past issues. Others will say, “Yeah, there’s a lot of scumbags in pro sports. So what?” or maybe even try to give him a pass because he has Borderline Personality Disorder. If that is your position you are entitled to it. But in my mind you are half-retarded and are part of the problem.
Marshall is on the short list of the Biggest Scumbags and Sociopaths in Sports. And he is now our “prize” acquisition and one of the first marquee moves by the new regime. I, for one, think that this is ridiculous. As die-hard of a Bears fan as I have been and always will be, I will never root for this scumbag. Never once. I don’t care if he scored 30 touchdowns and leads us to 10 straight Super Bowl titles. I will never once laud this person, who is always just one day away from beating another woman, and who if he couldn’t play in the NFL would likely be wearing an orange jumpsuit and picking up trash by the side of the road.
I will cheer for the Bears, but not for this loser. And I hate the fact that he is on our team.
I also saved for the end my “football analysis” on this move. Because I think that what he can do on the field is secondary to the fact that he is a horror of a human being. But some people out there just don’t care as long as he can score touchdowns.
Well, I hate to burst a lot of people’s bubbles, but as someone that watched nearly every snap of Miami’s season (it is my job) I can honestly say that no one in the NFL had more horrible drops than Marshall last year, including a game against Buffalo where he dropped two wide-open touchdowns. He is not an elite receiver, although he is paid and treated like one. I know he and Cutler once worked their magic together in Denver, but let’s also remember that Marshall has never been on a team that won more than nine games and has never been to the playoffs. (Is that all on him? No chance. But, as I said, it could be karma.) I know people will point to Randy Moss and Terrell Owens as talented scumbags that “dominated” in the NFL. But 1) Brandon Marshall is neither of those guys, 2) His off-field rap sheet is much worse, and 3) Neither of those guys won a championship either. The bottom line is that you don’t want/need guys like that on your team in the NFL and their talent never (or at least very, very rarely) outweighs all of the negatives that they bring to your squad.
Here is some more analysis on his “great season” last year, from someone that wouldn’t like to see him locked up in prison: http://www.phinsphocus.com/2011-articles/december/is-brandon-marshall-having-a-good-season.html
Caveat Emptor boys and girls. But I, for one, think that this is a sad day for the Bears and is just another third-rate move by what has become a second-rate organization.