As we all know by now, Brandon Marshall is a very outspoken athlete, but one that people have a hard time hating these days. Sure, he says what he wants whenever he wants, but after his recent stunt, he is a hard person to hate in my books. What did he do? Well, he wore green cleats on Thursday night when, his Chicago Bears took on the New York Giants,to promote Mental Health Awareness Week.
Many people don’t know this, but Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder just a couple of years ago and he felt like it was only right to bring attention to something that has affected him and, unfortunately for him, Mental Health Awareness Week happens to fall in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While Marshall, like all NFL players, has supported breast cancer awareness in October, he thought he would give one shot at supporting a cause of his own.
He did this and he was fined $10,500 and proceeded to tweet a picture of the letter that the league offices sent him regarding his fine — almost like he was happy about it:
Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised. pic.twitter.com/P9GNygFpH9
— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) October 16, 2013
This is pretty cool that the wide receiver doesn’t care that he was fined because it was for a good cause. He caught nine passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the game as the cleats seemed to give him some sort of edge and extra motivation.
Marshall matched the fine for the cleats and donated it to charity as well as auctioning off the cleats for $2,150 and also giving that money to charity.
If you’re looking for a role model, look no further than Marshall.