Brandon Marshall Suspended for Remainder of Preseason

By  Last updated: 1st September 2009

The Black Sox have suspended Brandon Marshall for conduct detrimental to the team. Marshall was informed of the suspension by coach Hendrik deBoer this morning. deBoer informed the rest of the players at a team meeting Friday morning.

Marshall’s apology Thursday night on the FFL Network was too late. The punishment stems from Marshall’s shameful display of unprofessionalism during practice Wednesday. He was lackadaisical during individual running drills. He didn’t run routes or catch passes during another position drill, instead choosing to hold a dummy and knocking the receivers as they came off the line.

A WGN video caught Marshall punting the ball away after one drill instead of handing it to a ball boy, as the players are told.

Marshall was held out of practice Wednesday, but that was before the Black Sox were aware of the magnitude of his insubordination.

deBoer decided to suspend Marshall Friday morning. The length of the suspension is not known although Marshall is not expected to play in the Black Sox’ next preseason game Sunday night against the Montana Blazers.

It’s possible Marshall could be suspended without pay into the early part of the regular season. Last year, the New York Z-Force suspended receiver Steve Smith for two games for his part in a brawl with a teammate..

Marshall caught 206 passes the previous two seasons for the Fancy Lads, enough production for him to request a contract extension that has one year and $2.198 million remaining.  Although he was just drafted into the Black Sox organization, he has twice since requested a trade.

Perhaps realizing the circulating video of his misconduct could all but kill his ability to get traded, Marshall went on the FFL Network’s “Live! With Ricardo Dayton” show at 10:42 p.m. MST to explain his actions.

“”Me punting the ball was definitely frustration,” Marshall said. “”It was an error in judgment. There was a lot of frustration (Wednesday) coming out of a meeting.”

deBoer would not explain the reason behind Marshall’s absence from practice Thursday.

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