EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- More than a week after being ripped by ex-teammate Sheldon Richardson for being "drama-queenish" and quitting on the Jets last season, Brandon Marshall took the high road on Tuesday and pronounced his feud with Richardson "dead."
Giants WR Brandon Marshall on his now "dead" feud with Jets DE Sheldon Richardson ... pic.twitter.com/Oq1bYOVSkh- Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 15, 2017
"I wasn't surprised," Marshall said when asked for the first time about Richardson's shots. "But there's so much good energy here and the environment is amazing, I don't really have time to go back to that. That's dead. It's dead."
It remains to be seen how "dead" it actually is, of course, considering Richardson has been relentless with his criticism of the former Jets receiver. His latest shots were just the most pointed. They came in an interview on ESPN Radio's The Michael Kay show back on Aug. 7 in which he said, among other things, that Marshall "actually quit on this team well before the season was over."
"That whole situation was sticky because we lose and he did little things that were drama queenish," Richardson said. "Dogging out this guy, that guy. It's everybody's fault except his. And there's a reason this, a reason that, and everybody pointing the finger when you losing, and then no one wants to say something to him. Then I say something to him, and I'm the criminal, the bad guy, and the media just ran with it."
Richardson has given plenty of things for the media run with since last season when he engaged in an ugly, season-long battle with Marshall. Richardson even continued it this past spring when he was asked about the atmosphere in the Jets' locker room this season and he said there were "15 reasons" why it was much better - a not-so-subtle reference the uniform No. 15 that Marshall wears.
Even then, Marshall did his best to side step the controversy, refusing to return fire at Richardson or any of his former Jets teammates. He's made it clear over and over again that he's happy in his new environment with the Giants and has no interest in the distraction of looking back.
It's up to Richardson, though, whether the feud is truly "dead". Even Jets coach Todd Bowles tried to end it last week when he spoke to Richardson about it and then told the media "I really don't have time for a bunch of BS that happened a year ago. We had six months to talk about it. All that s-t is over. (Richardson) has been well informed of it and we've moved on from there."