Bowles told Marshall to cool it after racial comments

AP

Jets receiver Brandon Marshall spoke out this week about what he sees as a double standard in the NFL, with white players getting preferential treatment on discipline. Jets coach Todd Bowles wasn’t happy about that.

Like most NFL coaches, Bowles doesn’t like players focused on anything other than the team’s next game. And so when Bowles heard about Marshall’s comments, he sought Marshall out and asked him not to make comments like that.

“I just like him [to be] smarter moving forward,” Bowles said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “In terms of how he says things.”

Bowles said he doesn’t think Marshall is a distraction, he just wants to make sure all the focus in the Jets’ locker room is on football.

But Marshall made his comments on the set of Inside the NFL, not at the Jets’ facility. And there’s nothing saying that Marshall can’t be fully focused on football while also expressing his opinions in his free time. Football coaches are control freaks, but Bowles needs to know he can’t control everything Marshall or any other player says.

UPDATE: Bowles also said Marshall’s comments were no problem and no big deal. His fuller comments are here.

102 responses to “Bowles told Marshall to cool it after racial comments

  1. Does Todd Bowles know who is talking to lmao,, i think not.. Part of the reason he got shipped out was because of his off-field commitments like coach the one he made comments on..

  2. Of course you can’t control every word that comes from a player’s mouth but those words can have consequences. Marshall most certainly would have been benched or even cut if he were on certain other teams, instead he gets the verbal wrist slap.

  3. How much jail time has Marshall served for all of his arrests? Talk about your preferential treatment. How much would the average person serve for the same amount and types of arrests?

  4. But Marshall made his comments on the set of Inside the NFL, not at the Jets’ facility. And there’s nothing saying that Marshall can’t be fully focused on football while also expressing his opinions in his free time. Football coaches are control freaks, but Bowles needs to know he can’t control everything Marshall or any other player says.
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    Translation…..the press likes loose cannons and wants them to continue talking.

  5. Bowles is right. A player race-baiting in the media affects the team, since they’ll all have to answer the inevitable inane questions of sports reporters who want to report on everything but football.

  6. As a white man that’s old enough to be Marshall’s father I can say with full conviction that he was absolutely correct. People of color get the smelly end of the stick far too often. Things are better now than they were 50 years ago, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.

    Should he “shut up and just play ball?” Maybe; but I for one can’t help but have some respect for anyone that’s willing to call it like it is.

  7. Its true that you dont want the heat that comes from engaging the media, but what Marshall said was true!

    Vilma fought the NFL and won just like Brady, but public perception was way different.

  8. Since blacks have been the majority of the league it stands to reason that it appears as if blacks receive a different discipline, for there aren’t nearly as many white players, and less to fall afoul of league rules. That’s just fact and nothing racial about that.

  9. After two years with Trestman, Marshall is in for a rude awakening: a head coach with a spine. But then, when all you’ve you’ll got invested in a guy is a 6th round pick, you can take a harder line, too.

  10. Not even Belichick can control everything his players say outside the locker room! And we’re talking Brandon “big mouth” Marshall here! I praise the day the Dolphins got rid of this turkey!

  11. Marshall is focused on his next career in the media and is likely just trying to create a buzz for his appearances on Inside The NFL. Pretty jacked up way to do it…idiot.

  12. First of all, Marshall must not be paying attention to the Brady case (that’s good news for his coach). Brady was actually suspended four games by the NFL. It was a federal judge that let Brady off. Nobody ever said that Marshall was the sharpest knife in the drawer

  13. Right or wrong a comment like that, while said on the set of “Inside the NFL,” will follow him wherever a writer needs a story. Naive to think it couldn’t be a distraction.

  14. By trading for Brandon Marshall the Jets gave Bowles second fulltime job… managing the Brandon Marshall sideshow. Marshall is on Inside the NFL specifically because he is an active player… to separate what he says on the show from his status as an active player is disingenuous. As for his actual comment, he might have a point but needs to provide a 1:1 comparison, ie, a white player and black player who did the same thing, and evidence the white player got less punishment. I’m not aware of that happening. The only thing the leaps to mind is Riley Cooper, who I felt should have been kicked out of the league but got no punishment. But his situation doesn’t really correlate to any of the high profile issues of black players… Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Michael Vick. The Brady situation also doesn’t really correlate.

  15. When it comes to preferred treatment, rich people get all the breaks. Who falls into the category of rich? Most every NFL player.

    I don’t care what race you are, pull a stunt like Letroy Guion and see if all you get is a couple weeks off of work. Odds are you’d get tossed in the joint and get fired from your job I you aren’t a millionaire.

  16. The real circus has just rolled into town. Patterson Plank Rd has never seen the likes of this act and we know the Jets Nation has seen many. This is going to far out do “! I wanna Kish You”

  17. Toilet Bowles at it again. Listen, new guy don’t trigger his BPD (borderline personality disorder) for you slower ones. Marshall might realize he’s on a team that is about to go 3-13 and start throwing temper tandrums.

  18. Look at what Marshall actually said vs. what the statistics are.

    You guys are acting like he’s Riley Cooper or something.

    Couldn’t resist the irony of a white guy saying something racist and not being given any punishment besides ‘sensitivity training’.

  19. Big mouth in the big city. Didn’t take long. What was it the first show of the season he spouts off? Good luck Jets (sweeping the Pathetics )

  20. If he is referring to Tom Brady I think what he needs to know is the NFL did punish him but the courts overruled the league,

  21. It might hurt the feelings of you reporters, but I think it is a good coach who tries to keep his team from becoming a media circus. Unfortunately, Bowles coaches for the Jets and that team is always under the big top.

  22. That’s it? Cool it? If it were a white guy saying the same thing there’d be a two-week counseling session but only after a nationally televised public apology.

  23. I think “Shady” (LeSean) McCoy is more of a “mouthing off” threat than Brandon Marshall. McCoy’s comments regarding Chip Kelly are more defamatory than Marshall’s mere “observation” of how The Scales of Justice favor/disfavor certain people in real life.

  24. natureboy704 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 4:36 PM

    Lol how do you claim racism in a league that is 90 percent black?
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    Because the head coaches and owners are 99% white? Last time I checked, Boss Goodell was too.

  25. The odds of Bowles keeping Marshall in line is right up there with asking every football loving fan in America to not drink a beer this Sunday.

  26. It’s just stupid to even say that regardless of where it was knowing the drama it would stir up. Dude is an idiot.

  27. If this was Chip Kelly telling Marshall to cool it, the Internet would be broken by now with all of the backlash.

    Where is Stephen A when you need him?

  28. mmack66 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 4:54 PM

    Because the head coaches and owners are 99% white? Last time I checked, Boss Goodell was too.

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    Not to quibble, but it’s 91%. 32 owners + 32 head coaches = 64 people. 6 minority head coaches makes it around 91% white “head coaches and owners.”

  29. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Sep 9, 2015 4:19 PM
    As a white man that’s old enough to be Marshall’s father I can say with full conviction that he was absolutely correct. People of color get the smelly end of the stick far too often. Things are better now than they were 50 years ago, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.

    Should he “shut up and just play ball?” Maybe; but I for one can’t help but have some respect for anyone that’s willing to call it like it is

    You make a valid point as far as the justice system. HOWEVER, BM was talking about discipline in the NFL. In THAT regard he is FOS. Regardless, if a white man said something similar he’d be labled a racist. When a black man says it he’s just speaking his mind. Complain about it if you ever see a all white college, white history month, or the NAAWP. Those would all be racist.

  30. You are right, a coach can not control what a player does of the field, and they SHOULDN’T be able to control it.
    If a player wants to say stupid stuff, a coach can not really stop them.

    Which is the exact reason If I were a GM I would never sign a guy like Marshall.

  31. “Football coaches are control freaks, but Bowles needs to know he can’t control everything Marshall or any other player says.”

    WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTT????? Since when is a coach not omnipotent to all aspects of his team and players??

  32. I’m open-minded, Brandon. Give me some examples?

    If you don’t have any you’re just another liberal looking for an excuse for unacceptable behavior instead of looking in the mirror, and finding fault in yourself.

  33. Let me see BM beats his wife, girlfriend along with another string of antics. Now he’s playing in the league making millions and has show on showtime making more money. Poor old brandon maybe he should file a discrimination charge agains his coach for not treating morons’ properly.

  34. Guy had 118 catches for 1500 yds for my Bears a couple of years ago, and I’m still glad that he’s gone. That should tell you what a pain in the neck he can be.

  35. And the balls start hitting his hands and dropping. Tod Bowles has a hard choice to make come mid season. Depending on which choice he makes? The Marshal Circus may be fun for outsiders to watch and laugh

    Most of you do not get it. This guy, Marshal LOVES attention no matter how he gets it. His dog and pony act has arrived in the Big Apple. This is a place , the media, the press, the fans are going to bury this guy once and for all. Brandon Marshall is the poster boy for racism. And he knows he can say what he wants because if his race. Watch, learn and all, with some exception, will realize Brandon Marshal is nothing kid then a wealthy piece of garbage. Watch

  36. And the balls start falling from his hands. Just doubled my bet to game three. Pray you are reading this Brandon. Hey , did you demand the parking space right out if the tent in NY ? Crash and burn time dude. Crash and burn

  37. All the teams have had problems when Brandon is on them. He talks out of turn, and needs to shut up. He did it with the Dolphins, and last time with the Bears. Shouldn’t get into the race card, that’s not smart.

  38. As if the NFL hasn’t tried it’s level best to penalize Brady. Sheesh. What’s the NFL supposed to do? Hire Jeff Gillooly to take out his knees?

  39. Brandon. You are what you are man. All your money will never change that. A well payed employee. LOL yep. Well paid but just an employee. Stick that in your bow tie. Not bad when you are happy but we all know better Hey, keep away from sharp things. All the money, all the press. :). Don’t change what you are. A well paid employee

  40. promickey says:
    Sep 9, 2015 6:44 PM

    Well Why stop using the race card now. It has become the Royal Flush on dealing with all issues.

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    The whole game is Race, not just one card!

  41. Bowles coached with Marshall in Miami and Marshall has great respect for him . Comments like that affect the whole team, better to be made in the offseason.

  42. mariorat says:
    Sep 9, 2015 4:16 PM
    Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy… all black players and all won in court… not sure I understand what you are saying BM.

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    Not agreeing or disagreeing with BM’s opinion but the article did reference discipline in the NFL, not the judicial system. Not one of these guys has played a down since they won in court.

  43. As a white man that’s old enough to be Marshall’s father I can say with full conviction that he was absolutely correct. People of color get the smelly end of the stick far too often. Things are better now than they were 50 years ago, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.

    Should he “shut up and just play ball?” Maybe; but I for one can’t help but have some respect for anyone that’s willing to call it like it is.
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    If the world had more people like you it would be a much better place…..empathy is what this world is lacking

  44. The comment was a direct response to comments about Tom brady so was he referencing A.P. or Ray Rice because that makes no sense . in fact how could you compare Brady to any other player discipline that was why it was overturned . He may have a point who knows but not based on the current white guy punishment .

  45. ALL the owners are white, so yes, it is like a plantation, with all the old white men calling the shots and the blacks in the field doing the REAL work, the exact same way this country was built.

  46. Whatever???? I agree with Bowles. The emphasis now should be on playing football and the politics can be handled at a later date. Marshall is a lightning rod for criticism anywhere he seems to go. There is a reason for that.

  47. Yeah, white players get preferential treatment.

    I guess that’s why Tom Brady, arguably the League’s most high profile white player, got a four game suspension for being ” generally aware” of an event that the NFL has, by their own admission, no proof, scientific or otherwise, actually occurred.

    And before you point out that Brady is still getting to play, that was a Judge, not the NFL, that got him off the hook, and the NFL is planning to appeal the ruling.

    Meanwhile, a player of a different skin tone, caught dead to rights on tape punching out his girlfriend, only got a 2 game suspension until enough pressure mounted to force the NFL to do more.

    So please, Mr. Marshall, explain to me again how whites are getting preferential disciplinary treatment.

  48. The problem is there is so much evidence that goes against the “especially with white QB’s”…when was the last time a black QB was disciplined? Mike Vick…before that…?

    Does he realize that Joe Namath was told to sell his bar in 1969 or no be allowed to play in the NFL because it was frequented by mobsters?

    He says “especially” white QB’s…but only white QB’s have been disciplined with suspensions or attempted suspensions.

    If he left out “especially white QB’s” then I’d actually listen to him, but the fact that he says that shows he is butt sore from something.

  49. hey, what Marshall said was true, like it or not. Ben Roethlisberger would be out of the league now if he were black. Any black coach in Bill Billichicks position would be long gone with his team caught cheating multiple times. Instead of trying to shut Marshall up, The NFL should try to correct the issue because that shield is filthy.

  50. Brandon Marshall needs to do one of two things. Either quit football and give up the money making, which he can’t make elsewhere, because being of the “terrible discrimination” OR he continue to run off is mouth , become a pariah and end up on the street. Of course, he could GROW UP , become a real man and finding scapegoats, but that will never happen

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