Fmr NFL star thinks gated community rules shouldn’t apply to him, throws tantrum over ‘racial injustice’

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Retired NFL player Brandon Marshall claimed racism was the issue when his confrontation with a community security guard in Florida prompted a call to the police.

The former Miami Dolphins wide receiver posted a video on social media of the alleged encounter with police and security guards as he tried to move into his new home in a gated community near Miami. Amid recent social justice stands by other sports figures and teams, Marshall’s video and suggestion that he was targeted because of his skin color set off a wave of angry responses coming to his defense.

But details about the incident and what led up to the beginning of the video are unclear and many other social media comments called out the 36-year-old for his projection of alleged racism.

“It’s Real!!! I was so disappointed in myself for getting so emotional with my kids in the car BUT then I realized that being numb isn’t an option anymore,” Marshall wrote in the caption to his video on Instagram, adding the hashtag #vote.

Marshall had pulled out his phone to record the exchange at some point after he apparently was not allowed to enter the Weston area gated community, where he was moving in, because his name was not on the list at the security desk.

The neighborhood is described on its website as an “exclusive gated enclave” featuring 125 single-family homes that currently sell at a starting price of about $1.6 million.

“This is the problem,” he could be heard saying in the video. “I come here, you feel uncomfortable. My first day moving into my new house, because my name’s not on the list, you call the cops. Now you call the cops.”

“I’m just trying to do my job,” one of the security guards, who is white, was heard responding.

“There was no threat for you to call the cops,” Marshall, who played 13 years in the NFL, said. “This is what we’re seeing every single day. This is what we’re seeing every single day. I got two kids in the car right now.”

The Broward Sheriff’s Office was apparently called and an officer is seen in the video, waving at the camera that was briefly aimed at him.

“The incident was resolved on scene between the two parties,” a BSO spokesperson told the Miami New Times in an email.

But the former Pro Bowler, who reportedly earned $80 million in his career with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets, continued his narrative on his social media account and in an interview with WSVN-TV.

“The reality is, people fear our skin. That’s the reality,” he said. “Like, just moved into a new house, and all I asked the guy was to call the front desk, ’cause literally just got our keys.”

In a separate post on Instagram, he weighed in on recent attention to the issue of racial injustice saying that protests “are great, but it can’t end there.”

“I’m tired of talking that leads to nowhere. I’m calling on powerful networks to take a chance and showcase the most important message in our country right now,” he said, calling on people to vote.

 

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I’ve been watching and processing the same injustice and unrest as you all the last few months. We have experienced this pain our entire life. The awareness and conversations being started by protests are great, but it can’t end there. I’m tired of talking that leads to nowhere. I’m calling on powerful networks to take a chance and showcase the most important message in our country right now. The path toward real change flows through the ballot box. The power belongs in the people’s hands. I’m not telling you to vote or who to vote for. I’m reminding you that you CAN vote. It is your RIGHT to have your voice heard. • • Voting is confusing, because of that, voting is intimidating. There are so many bills, issues and people that voters aren’t familiar with until we arrive. Everyone is telling us to vote but HOW???? Countless of us become discouraged, simply from a lack of available information or resources, even though we want​ to vote and ​want​ to affect change. #vote @iamathletepodcast @facebook @youtube

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Despite the outcry from Marshall and many of those who supported his claims about his moving in day incident, many other Twitter users slammed the wealthy athlete for race-baiting over a justified issue in a gated community.

 

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