NFL Player Says ‘Race Card’ Is Big Factor in Tom Brady Suspension

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 6.52.25 PMNew York Jets player Brandon Marshall said yesterday that race definitely played a factor in how Deflategate was handled.

Marshall, an analyst on Showtime’s Inside the NFL, said on the show yesterday that the “race card” factored into perceptions NFL players feel that “white players––specifically, at the quarterback position––are treated differently.”

He said he’s heard this from players all across the country, even white ones, and clarified that he himself believes “absolutely” that black players are held to a different standard.

Yahoo Sports’ Kristian Dyer provided some perspective on Deflategate that Marshall may not have factored in:

What is confusing about Marshall’s last statement is that Brady, who is white, was handed down the suspension by the league and a judge overturned it. So this case wasn’t the NFL going easy on “white players,” but an outside ruling. Not really certain what Marshall is trying to convey here other than a general view around the NFL that “white players” and “quarterbacks” – of which Brady checks off both boxes – are simply perceived to be treated more favorably by the league.

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