Brandon Marshall: Disgusting to say people should stand for anthem or leave U.S.
Responses to the NFL’s anthem policy continue to roll in on Thursday and President Trump’s suggestion that those who don’t stand for the playing of the song should maybe leave the country was also a topic of discussion for Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.
Cornerback Chris Harris said he wishes players had been consulted, but that the league’s decision makes it clear cut for players when it comes to making a choice to be on the field or in the locker room during the playing of the anthem. He added that he thinks there’s probably going to be a lot of players who choose to stick in the locker room and expects people to pay a lot of attention to who makes that choice, which would almost certainly work against the goal of focusing on football that several team owners cited as the reason for adopting the policy.
Last year, Brown waited until training camp to begin a public campaign to cajole Bell into showing up. The comments emerged as part of what seemed to be an effort by the team to get Bell to sign his franchise tender or risk the ire of the fan base.
Ultimately, Bell’s absence traces to the team’s decision to use the franchise tag for a second straight year. If the Steelers think he wants too much money, they should have let him hit the open market and signed him to a new deal once he realized that he had overestimated the demand for his services.
Instead, the Steelers restricted Bell’s ability to leave. And the chosen device gives Bell the ability to stay away until Labor Day, if he wants. It’s his only leverage, his only way to get the kind of long-term deal that he thinks he deserves.
So if Brown has concerns about Bell not being there, Brown shouldn’t be publicly (or privately) pressuring Bell to show up, where he’d perhaps tear an ACL. Brown should be pressuring the front office to take care of Bell the same way the front office has taken care of Brown. Twice.