By Ryan Thomas
Will Brandon Marshall ever be understood? After constant run-ins with the law, troubled by his behavioral conduct off the field, the promising young superstar was given another chance by the Chicago Bears this off-season.Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder that evokes impulsive behavior and emotional instability, Marshall is working rather hard to repair his often scrutinized image.
After six seasons of mishaps, Marshall appears to be working towards a clean state. One of the first steps taken on a long journey to recovery was an invitation into his Florida residence, made to Chicago Tribune reporter, Jared S. Hopkins."Depending on your outlook, Marshall is either a brooding basket case prone to finding trouble or a terrific yet misunderstood athlete who needs proper guidance," says Hopkins.
Many look to Marshall's upbringing as a possible source for his many struggles. Since the age of three, Marshall has seen examples of domestic violence through the actions of his father, who was also a spectacular high school football athlete, troubled off the field. But Marshall is not one to make excuses. He prefers to salvage the relationship he has with his father, and move towards a more progressive direction.
Thats not productive to the healing processes for my father and my relationship, Marshall said in the Tribune article. And thats more important than a good story and people understanding me.
While Marshall allowed for Hopkins to stay at his residence for a few days and observe the way he interacts with his wife, and lives on a daily basis, he did not answer any personal questions. The former Pro Bowl receiver has taken a stance where he would like to have his present actions judged, as opposed to the perception of his dim past."I want you to observe me for who I am," Marshall said. "There is a perception out there that is unfair, and there really is another side that I think will help your story."
With that said, Bears fans are expecting a productive season on the field from Marshall. But, what are they in-store for off the field?