We lived through the spousal abuse charges, tolerated the off-season "hand through the entertainment center" mishap, overlooked the infamous glove incident and were even willing to forgive the latest run in with his current girlfriend/fiancé, despite the threat of a league suspension, in hopes things could straighten themselves out and he would step up and have a breakout year, becoming the stud receiver we all thought he could be.
Unfortunately, things don't always pan out like you planned, and Marshal, in his infinite wisdom, pulled a no-show at mandatory camp, let everybody and their brother know he was unhappy with his current contract and felt his time in Denver was done. The Broncos responded accordingly and did absolutely nothing – indicating that the twenty-four year old receiver was still under contract and despite having 100+ catches over the past season, they may be willing to let him sit out for the year and roll with the players who actually want to be here.
In other words, we've got you by the short ones and if you really, really, really want to sit out the year and not get paid – be my guest
(This is the first move by new head coach Josh McDaniels that I'm actually impressed with).
Now comes the revelation that in October 2007, Marshall got popped with a DUI arrest after leaving Elway's Restaurant in downtown Denver and driving the wrong way down 14th Street near Aurioria Parkway. According to official police reports, Marshall refused to give a blood alcohol test and gave statements claiming "I hate Denver, I hope I get traded, I hate this F***ing city." He went on to question why the arresting officers weren't out trying to catch former Broncos defensive cornerback Darrent Williams' killer instead of giving him a hassle and tearfully requested to "just go home."
Here's a word of advise… this was probably not the best way for you to ingratiate yourself in a city that took a shot on you in the fourth round, made you a millionaire, and was ready to crown you the second coming of Rod Smith.
As former Bronco offensive lineman Mark Schlereth pointed out - Proving your value in the NFL encompasses both on and off the field behavior, and you certainly haven't proven anything when it comes to the latter.
As much as you may hate this F***ing city, you can assume the feeling is mutual. It's time to Man up Brandon – you're better than this.
Or at least I thought you were.
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past twelve-years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio and Internet stations around the country. You can follow all of Schon's updates on Twitter or drop him an email at Michael John Schon
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