Marshall referred to the Lions as an “annoying little brother”.
The Detroit Lions have hit back at Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall after his recent derogatory comments about the team and city.
Marshall spoke in the wake of his team’s loss to their NFC North rivals this past weekend, which leaves the Bears (5-4) trailing the Lions (6-3) at the top.
“It’s the little brother that, big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying, [saying], ‘Hey, can I go?’ ” Marshall said Monday on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.
“No, you can’t go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Fix your financial problems and all of that, you know. You can’t come with us right now.”
However, predictably his comments haven’t gone down well in Detroit, with several players hitting back at their rival for getting personal and attacking the city for no reason.
Amongst those to speak up was center Dominic Raiola, while running back Reggie Bush insisted that sometimes the little brother grows up to be the bigger sibling and then there’s no more pushing him around.
Given their record and the suggestion that they will reach the play-offs for a second time in three seasons, the Lions are confident that they can continue on their current path this year with the knowledge that they have now beaten their divisional rivals twice already.
“If you want to go after somebody, we standing right here,” left guard Rob Sims said.
“We ain’t running from nobody. The city and what it’s going through, there’s no reason to attack that. That’s a different situation.”
It remains to be seen what effect Marshall’s comments will have on the Lions moving forward in terms of their play on the field, but it would initially appear that they have only served to fire them up.