Schon: Clearing the Air on a Spoiled Receiver

Brandon Marshall (Ronen & Zilberman /AP)

Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall officially asks to be traded in a private meeting with team owner Pat Bowlen.

It never ceases to amaze me how, despite all the constant denials and promises of professional athletes claiming that it's not about the money, it all boils down to one simple fact – it really is all about the money. Confirmation of that fact comes by way of Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the latest Bronco to request a one-way ticket out of the 5280.

On Tuesday Marshall posted a public blog on his website, entitled "Clearing the Air."

"To whom it may concern. Life is filled with change, and where I am in my life now change is probably best. It's hard leaving an organization ran by one of the best owners in all of sports, and someone who's been there for me through my ups and downs."

"The hardest thing was hearing Mr. B wish me luck in the future, but we both came to the conclusion that this is probably the best thing for me to grow on and off the field."

"I thank the Denver fans who embraced my emotion and play on the field and showing me love every time I step outside my door."

Ok – I'll even buy this line up to a point, Marshall's on the back end of a rookie contract which will pay him $2.2 million this year and based on the fact he's posted consecutive 100-catch seasons and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, he feels he entitled to a pay scale more in tune with some of the top receivers in the league, i.e. T.O and Ocho Cinco.

What's missing from this scenario is the multitude of domestic abuse charges still pending, the fact he skipped mandatory team workouts, the questions of his off-season hip surgery and his blaming 18-dropped, on target passes, on a freak off season accident when he slipped on a McDonalds bag and accidentally slammed his hand through a television set entertainment center.

Let's face it, this is a dude with baggage – talent or not – and as far as head coach Josh McDaniels is concerned, Denver's ready to roll with whoever takes the field.

"We met after Pat's meeting with Brandon Marshall and we're going to continue our dialogue with Brandon and his representatives," McDaniels told local reporters. "And we look forward to having Brandon at training camp."

In other words, Keep it clean, stay out of trouble and the money will come.... Spoiled receiver vs. the New Dictatorship. One wants out and one's ready to wait it out…with or without the self-proclaimed "Beast."

My take's on the latter.





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