We all knew Brandon Marshall brought baggage, but it was unclear until this morning the freshness of said baggage.
The Chicago Bears traded for the former Miami Dolphins receiver yesterday at the start of the free agency period. This morning, news came out that Marshall is being investigated for an incident that took place over the weekend at a New York City nightclub.
Reportedly, Marshall was attending the birthday party of a friend at Marquee early Sunday when an argument ensued. At 4 a.m. Marshall and an unknown friend got into a fight in the club and were kicked out of the venue. The ruckus continued outside where 24-year-old Christin Myles alleges Marshall struck her in the eye.
She suffered a black eye. It's unclear whether Marshall meant to hit her or one of her male friends.
Marshall's lawyer denied that the first fight involved his client or his friends.
"While attempting to leave to avoid the melee, [Marshall's wife] was struck in the face by a thrown bottle. She suffered serious injury," the lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said. "The mayhem continued outside.''
Marshall's rep declined to say whether he threw a punch or if he attempted to file a police report about his wife's injuries.
Run-ins with the law are nothing new for Marshall, who has been arrested roughly six times since become a pro. He was involved in a conflict outside a Denver nightclub in 2010 in which his teammate, Darrent Williams, was fatally shot. Marshall testified to escalating the conflict that led to his teammate's death.
Less than a year ago, Marshall was stabbed by his wife. After the incident, he admitted that he has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. He has since undergone treatment to help deal with the problem.
Bears GM Phil Emery released the following statement regarding Marshall's most recent incident.
"Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend. We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear."
Obviously, the club believes that its veteran locker room, one that includes his old friend and teammate Jay Cutler, as well as a supportive coaching staff, will keep Marshall out of trouble in the future.
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