Brandon Marshall is speaking out about the latest trust issues in Denver, and even is now playing on the teams scout team. The latest unhappiness for Marshall is how the Broncos handled his acquittal on misdemeanor battery charges last week.
Marshall said today in his first public comments about the matter that he was miffed a member of the team’s public relations staff told his teammates not to gloat over his acquittal in an Atlanta courtroom on Friday.
Marshall was told the staffer was acting on his own in an attempt to be sensitive, but he believes the directive came from higher in the organization and he suggested the episode fostered distrust between him and the Broncos.
There’s a hazard this latest imbroglio could lead to an irreparable rift between the team and its superstar receiver who already is unhappy that the Broncos haven’t reworked his contract or traded him.
“Unfortunately, I think it gets to that point,” Marshall said. “There are trust issues on both sides. It’s understandable. We’ve got to try our best to move forward.”
Marshall is set to make $2.2 million this season and there are a couple of teams that would have no problem in quickly making a deal for the receiver. Among those teams are the Bears, Giants, Jets and Ravens.
Marshall’s new coach Josh McDaniels has already created enough issues this year, and now here’s another one that he’s going to have to deal with.
“Some things you can’t control,” McDaniels said Wednesday when asked about Marshall’s reaction. “That situation, we feel like we’ve tried to handle it the best we could after something like that came out. (We’re) trying to get everybody’s mind back on football and focus on practice and what we have to do to get ready for Seattle” on Saturday night.
Marshall made it clear when camp started that he wasn’t happy in Denver anymore, but he said Wednesday that he had started to come around before hearing about the staffer’s admonition.
“I thought we were moving past that and it was just Friday when players were coached to say they weren’t happy for me, so it’s tough,” Marshall said. “It’s tough.”