Jun 17, 2014; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during Chicago Bears minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Marshall helping former teammate Davone Bess

Brandon Marshall knows what it’s like to be under the media microscope for all the wrong reasons. He knows what being misunderstood is all about as an NFL player in 2014. That’s why he’s taken extra care to help former teammate and friend Davone Bess through a hard time. It’s easier for Marshall to do so when he’s come out on the other end of exorcising some demons of his own.

Marshall was candid and outspoken when asked about his relationship with Bess, who was arrested this past January for assault. He told Michael C. Wright at ESPN, “When we were playing together in Miami, we used to sit on the plane and talk about the same stuff. Our situations aren’t unique. Every guy deals with it at this level.”

Off-field issues are no stranger to Brandon Marshall, whose own list of transgressions is plenty long. That’s why he’s made sure to step up for a friend in need.

“You saw a break in me early and then a couple of years later, you see a break in Davone Bess’ health and stability. So it’s like it was always there, but it presented itself at different times. So good thing that I’ve been through it, someone that he can trust and believes in, and now I can say, ‘Bro, this is what I did and it worked for me.’

While Marshall was riddled with problems in a span from 2007-09, most of his off-field issues beyond then have been met with exoneration and little grounding. Marshall maintains in the article that he’s in a great spot in Chicago. “It’s the perfect situation, not only doing what I love, but doing it in a place where I can say I love, that’s now home for me. I don’t think you could buy that.”

Here’s hoping Marshall’s situation can inspire an old friend to get his life on track.

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