New York Giants receiver Brandon Marshall abruptly walked out of a radio interview recently when the subject turned to race.
Marshall popped in to WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan Show to talk transitioning from being a Jet to a Giant, listing the best Jets quarterbacks of all time and eventually how Black players fit into the NFL’s mold.
“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.”
Joking about how bad the Jets will be this season quickly turned into a conversation about race that blindsided Marshall. Yet two years ago, around the time of Tom Brady’s deflate gate scandal, Marshall said that many white and Black players are disciplined differently by the league.
“White players, specifically at the quarterback position, are treated differently,” Marshall said.
The 33-year-old footballer didn’t want to get into the race conversation with two white radio hosts in Boston, a city that was just exposed for racial taunts just a few months go.
“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,” Marshall said.
While they did change the subject, they decided to bring up the receiver’s lengthy history of domestic violence. Marshall then got up, spilled his coffee on a computer, and apologized. After trying to clean it up, he walked off.
Watch the entire ordeal above.