We’ve been fair to Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. When ESPN tried to smear him unfairly regarding battery charges on which he was later acquitted, we cried foul and demonstrated the serious flaws in Bristol’s reporting.
But based on this video from Wednesday’s practice, courtesy of TheDenverChannel.com, we are now prepared to conclude that Marshall is, in our opinion, an idiot.
A complete idiot.
Watch the video if you disagree. He’s acting like a spoiled brat, knocking the ball down during individual wideout drills, punting the ball instead of handing it to the ball boys, and generally lollygagging.
So it’s no surprise that Marshall wasn’t at practice today.
As one league source recently pointed out, the Broncos should be documenting Marshall’s behavior. They’ll need that evidence if/when they decide to suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team.
And though Marshall’s plan likely is to be disruptive without providing full-blown cause for a conclusion that he’s acting like Terrell Owens circa 2005, what we saw in that video is, in our view, enough to justify sending him home for the first four weeks of the season, at a total salary loss of $517,000.
The Broncos should do it. They’ve got nothing to lose, in our view. If the grievance succeeds, then they’ll pay him the salary they would have otherwise paid him anyway for being of no value to the team’s effort to win football games.
Marshall apparently also doesn’t realize that his behavior is making it even less likely that another team will pull the trigger on a trade for him. The fact that Marshall is behaving so badly for the Broncos is more than enough to make any potential buyer beware that he might do the same thing in his new city if/when he gets a stick up butt at some point in the future.