Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been open enough to share his past struggles with mental health issues, so he showed his support of Mental Health Awareness Week in Week 6 against the New York Giants in prime time by wearing green cleats for the cause.
Marshall knew when he laced up the cleats that he would be getting a fine from the league office, and that fine came down on Tuesday.
Marshall was docked $10,500 for violating the league’s uniform policy and he shared the letter on Twitter. Along with the letter, Marshall shared some words of wisdom that showcased his continuing maturation that has helped him turn things around on the field and return to being a top flight receiver.
Here is what Marshall wrote:
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
It still rubs people the wrong way that Marshall was fined for his cleats, but it’s the way the league operates.
The good news is that Marshall did exactly what he set out to do by creating conversation about mental health awareness and bringing attention to a great cause.