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Watch: Brandon Marshall leaves K&C interview after questions about race, legal problems

John Hand
July 13, 2017 - 10:27 am

Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall joined the Kirk & Callahan show on Thursday morning from Mohegan Sun prior to Johnny Damon's charity golf tournament, albeit just for a short while. Marshall walked out on the interview after becoming frustrated with questions concerning race. To hear the full interview go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

K&C wanted to discuss Marshall’s previous comments about race being a factor when Tom Brady had his Deflategate suspension lifted in 2015.

“I’m not getting into the race card with you guys,” Marshall said. “So, if that is what you guys want to do you can go there, but black guys in America get treated differently, period, so I’ll just say that. … Black guys in America get treated differently.”

In 2015, Marshall had different thoughts on Brady's suspension being lifted. 

"The race card. There are a lot of players out there that believe that white players -- specifically, at the quarterback position -- are treated differently," said Marshall about the suspension being lifted on Inside the NFL in 2015. 

When asked if professional athletes' suspensions are handed down differently because of race Marshall responded: “We done with this interview? Can I get off of this interview? Alright, I’m done with you guys. … Come on man, you going back to a year ago brother. You guys made news now. You got Brandon Marshall to say black guys get treated differently and I’m gonna drop the mic on you guys.”

Marshall then threatened to walk out if the subject was not changed and then did walk off when Kirk Minihane began to ask a question about Marshall's own history of legal problems (Marshall has been arrested four times on various charges including domestic violence and assaulting a police officer). Watch the interview and the walk-out below.

Earlier in the interview Marshall addressed how athletes are often criticized for being outspoken about subjects outside of sports.

“One of the reasons why I left I Chicago is because, well not left Chicago it was mutual a little bit, I’m tired of people putting our athletes in boxes, right,” Marshall said. “You go on Twitter and you make a comment about policy or you say something outside of sports and the first thing a fan says ‘is stick to football.’ I think a lot of our athletes are institutionalized in a way. I wanted to set the example of when you are playing sports you can still do the things you love or the things that are close to your heart.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page.

On if signing with the Patriots was a possibility: “No it wasn’t close. Definitely reached out. There was a conversation, or two or three. It wasn’t close at all.”

On the Patriots: “I love Brady. I actually love New England. Josh McDaniels was my head coach in Denver. When I was younger back then I didn’t get it and there are some things he would have done differently. I love the culture there and I love what they are doing. Tom Brady is a big reason. That is probably my man crush, Tom Brady.” 

An earlier version of this story had a quote from Brandon Marshall of the Broncos, not this Brandon Marshall.

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