New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall may be new to the Giants but he is not new to expressing his opinion and he did just that on Monday morning. Marshall, a guest at the league’s annual meeting per the request of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, took an opportunity to address NFL brass that included owners, coaches and executives.
Marshall encouraged owners to continue the “My Cause My Cleats” program which allows players to wear custom shoes to promote their favorite charity for one game. Marshall indicated that he had pitched more programs to help humanize NFL players.
“[My Cause My Cleats] gave the world and our fans in the NFL the opportunity to see that we are people and we’re not just gladiators,” Marshall said to the media (h/t ESPN). “And it humanized us. It not only gave people outside of the game the opportunity to see who we really are but also the owners and executives and even players.
“We want to continue to get more of that. If we want our game to continue to be on that track, that it’s on being super successful and being a pillar in our community and being a thread in our community, we have to make sure our relationship as players and owners is good.”
Marshall also spoke about the Oakland Raiders approved relocation to Las Vegas:
“It’s business, right? It’s the entertainment business. They may not like me saying this, but Las Vegas is a beautiful place.
“A lot of times when you think about Las Vegas, you just think about the strip, right? But I just want to make sure that the players are protected. I think that it can be a tough place for a kid coming out of college, so that locker room has to be strong, because there is so much there. There is access to so much. It’s a strip, but it’s really big, and it can be overwhelming at times for young, immature players.”
Marshall also commented on his new teammate and wide-receiver partner, Odell Beckham Jr.
“I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve been a problem, and I also have a solution. I have a wealth of experience. I just think organically and naturally, whenever he needs — not only him, but any guy in the wide receiver room — whenever they need to pull from that, they’ll do that in a natural, organic way. We got to remember that Odell is what, 23, 24 years old. We all have our own journey. He’s the ultimate competitor. I want him to stay exactly where he’s at. It’s just easy for us as wide receivers and football players to cross that line. But he’ll grow.”
Marshall’s address on Monday morning resonated with many in attendance and even garnered high praise from San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York who tweeted: “easily the best speech I’ve heard at an NFL meeting.”
PETA Issues Statement to Odell Beckham Jr for Social Media Post
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught the ire of PETA over his post on Instagram showing him playing ball with a tiger and a chimpanzee.
Beckham was visiting with his friend Mike Holston, who specializes in animal education and conservation, who took the wide receiver to the Myrtle Beach Safari, which helps raise money for the Rare Species Fund, and rescues exotic animals from abuse.
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PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) released the following statement about OBJ’s social media post (h/t NJ.com):
“THESE SENSITIVE AND MUCH-ABUSED ANIMALS BELONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN NATURE, NOT PIMPED OUT AS PROPS BY SHAMELESS ROADSIDE ZOOS. WE’RE SURE THAT ODELL BECKHAM JR. HAD NO IDEA THAT THE SLEAZY SAFARI PARK WHERE THIS YOUNG CHIMPANZEE IS KEPT HAS A LENGTHY RECORD OF VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW AND USES GREAT APES AND BIG-CAT CUBS IN CHEAP PUBLICITY STUNTS LIKE THIS. THESE ENCOUNTERS ARE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS, AND PETA URGES EVERYONE—INCLUDING BECKHAM, WHO CERTAINLY DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER INJURY—TO STEER CLEAR OF CRUEL FACILITIES THAT EXPLOIT ANIMALS.”
Giants Kyle Lauletta Arrested
New York Giants signal caller Kyle Lauletta was arrested on Tuesday morning or an incident that occurred while he driving to the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, according to NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy.
According to the report, Lauletta, a fourth-round pick, nearly struck police with car when he failed to obey the directions of an officer.
“Sources in Weehawken with knowledge of the incident said the 23-year-old was trying to make a right turn from the wrong lane to get to Route 495 East, and was directed to keep going straight. Lauletta made the right turn and nearly ran over the officer directing traffic. He was stopped by another officer at the end of the on-ramp.”
“We are aware of the situation and are in contact with Kyle,” a Giants official said. “We are still gathering information.”
“We’re trying to do what we can to win this season and you always do what you can in the short run,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Monday when asked about Lauletta’s playing chances, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
“It’s hard not to look at things in the long run, but what’s important is we try to beat the 49ers [in two weeks].”
Nike Flies Trademark For Odell Beckham Jr. Logo
The future of New York Giants’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. may be living under a cloud of uncertainty, but his future with Nike took a bold, definitive step on Monday.
Rewind to May 2017 when Beckham inked the largest shoe deal ever of any NFL player, a cool $25M over 5 years, and then fast forward to today and you can see the new OBJ logo that Nike has filed.
JUST IN: Nike has filed to trademark this new “OBJ” logo for Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/I9MeYWT9B0
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 7, 2018
Beckham has already launched his first lifestyle shoe, the Special Field Air Force-1 Mid “OBJ”, so this opens the doors for even more from the newly launched brand.
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