Brandon Marshall Misses Mandatory Meeting As Attitude Worsens

Rich Kurtzman@@RichKurtzman Senior Analyst IJune 13, 2009

KANSAS CITY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs a pattern during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 33-19.  (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Brandon Marshall is an amazing football player, making his first Pro Bowl in February, but he is also a very violent, egotistical person who cares more about himself than his team and loved ones. 

Marshall should consider himself lucky, but seems to be oblivious about it all.

Marshall is one of only 1,500 people in the world who has the chance to play a game he loves for exorbitantly higher wages than he could make in almost any other field. Many professional athletes admit to loving their job, and why not with the fame and fortune that comes along with playing a mere game.

No doubt Marshall does love to play, but he has used the opportunity to spotlight himself, mostly in negative ways, rather than bringing positive attention to the Broncos' organization.

After being suspended last season for three games, for 12 separate home police visits, Marshall was fortunate to have the suspension reduced by Roger Goodell to a single game. The deal hinged on Marshall promising Goodell he would stay out of trouble.

Then, in March, B. Marsh was arrested for the fifth time for fighting his fiancee, and another suspension was expected, one with much longer time off. But as the charges were dropped the next day by his now ex-fiancee, the case was dismissed.

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Marshall should have played for Notre Dame in college because he definitely has the luck of the Irish.

It seems the grip of Goodell's iron fist seemed to have let Marshall slip through, this time.

Now, after all the legal troubles and an interview on Outside the Lines, in which Marshall made clear over and over that he never laid his hands on his ex-fiancee, something his legal record argues to the contrary, Marshall has made the negative news once again.

The Denver Broncos held their first mandatory mini-camp today, and Marshall, who is recovering from hip surgery, was supposed to attend. Marshall was supposed to begin rehabbing with the Broncos.

Marshall has missed the past three weeks of team activity in Denver, and has said he doesn't trust the Broncos' medical unit. He says he's wary of the team doctors because his hip was misdiagnosed originally. He's also said he wants a pay raise.

While Marshall may have a gripe with the staff, he should put it behind him and realize that Steve "Greek" Antanopolus is highly regarded as one of the best in the league.

The young "beast" of a receiver definitely has a gripe when it comes to his contract, though, as he is set to make only $2.2 million for the 2009 season, well below the standards for high-profile NFL receivers.

Missing this camp is more of a selfish act than anything, telling the team and the league Brandon is going to do it Brandon's way. It may be a way to a larger contract, but not the best path to be sure.

Marshall needs to suck it up and act like he cares about his NFL career, then he should ask for more money. There is no room on the baby Broncos, led by youngster Josh McDaniels, for an egotistical, selfish and likely violent player.

Marshall must take a good hard look in the mirror and find himself before he can truly help the Broncos, which may never happen, something the Denver organization must consider before moving toward giving him a huge new contract.

After such horrible personnel moves like the additions of Maurice Clarett and Travis Henry, the Broncos can't continue to put up with another locker room cancer, which Marshall is making himself out to be.

If the Broncos pay him, hopefully Marshall can reform his attitude. If he can't do that, they must cut ties with the receiver.