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Brandon Marshall was briefly detained over $142 cab fare

Brandon Marshall, Terence Newman AP

Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall was briefly handcuffed and detained by cops in mid-November after he was accused of trying to ditch a $142 cab fare.

Elgin Jones of the South Florida Times has the details about a story which is ultimately more odd than meaningful.

“He didn’t know where he wanted to go,” Marshall’s cab driver said. “When I woke him up and told him he had to pay, he said he wasn’t and started arguing for me to take him home.”

At one point, Marshall jumped out of the cab he was in and left in another cab. Authorities were called and eventually Marshall paid the fare and apologized to both drivers.

Marshall and his agent blamed the misunderstanding on not being able to understand the cab driver’s accent.  You know, that old excuse.

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36 Responses to “Brandon Marshall was briefly detained over $142 cab fare”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 1, 2011 10:03 AM

    What, he thought the cabbie was going to rob him?

  2. jessieboom says: Dec 1, 2011 10:13 AM

    Why was it $142?

    Anyway, we all give players a LOT of poop for not taking cabs, so give credit there. Gotta pay the tab though, Brandon.

  3. yzguy431 says: Dec 1, 2011 10:14 AM

    just another db nfl player.

  4. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 1, 2011 10:17 AM

    At least a knife wasn’t involved.

  5. RomosRibs says: Dec 1, 2011 10:20 AM

    Delirium. Perhaps thats why “he dropped those 5 TD passes earlier this season”. ???

  6. realitypolice says: Dec 1, 2011 10:28 AM

    Sounds to me like the cabbie engaged in some shenanigans.

    How do you rack up a $142 dollar cab fare? Marshall probably fell asleep in the cab and the cabbie waited until the fare was high enough to make his night before he woke him up.

    Marshall, who we already know has issues, was at least somewhat justifiably angry when he found out what happened.

    His reaction was inappropriate, but he gets credit for a) not driving drunk and b) eventually working the situation out.

  7. dolphincritic says: Dec 1, 2011 10:29 AM

    Brandon Marshall is too dumb to be a criminal! He’s not that good of a reciever either. He is a faster version of Ornde Gadsen. Marshall is worth about half of what he makes. If Marshall can stay out of jail, improves his red zone production and remains quiet in the locker room, I would bring him back. Failing my test would earn him a trade.

    The Dolphins can’t sell out the Raiders game so they are giving tickets away to season ticket holders again. So much for trying to sell your ticketsagsin this week! Man I want to beat the Raiders in the worst way! Go Dolphins!

  8. EJ says: Dec 1, 2011 10:30 AM

    All that money and he tries to stiff a cab driver?
    Does this guy have a serious brain disease? Is $142 worth looking like a loon? Must be.

  9. mondzy805 says: Dec 1, 2011 10:31 AM

    Its not like, he doesn’t have the money. This guy is gonna Ruin his own career, soon. Its sad. Such a Talent. Pay the cabbie. That’s a dope fiend move.

  10. stevemo says: Dec 1, 2011 10:32 AM

    At least he didn’t drive drunk. Issue should have been avoided, but stuff happens when you’ve been drinking.

    I’m sure that the impending group of self-righteous NFL fans that are going to rip on this guy know nothing about that though.

  11. joetoronto says: Dec 1, 2011 10:45 AM

    realitypolice says: Dec 1, 2011 10:28 AM

    Sounds to me like the cabbie engaged in some shenanigans.

    How do you rack up a $142 dollar cab fare? Marshall probably fell asleep in the cab and the cabbie waited until the fare was high enough to make his night before he woke him up.

    Marshall, who we already know has issues, was at least somewhat justifiably angry when he found out what happened.

    His reaction was inappropriate, but he gets credit for a) not driving drunk and b) eventually working the situation out.
    ************************************************
    How do you rack up a $142 cab fare, really, where do you live, Palookaville?

    Another thing, how in God’s name did you manage to come up with that scenario?

  12. coolheir says: Dec 1, 2011 10:49 AM

    If I was Vontae I’d spike a football off his face.

  13. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Dec 1, 2011 10:50 AM

    As both a cab driver and a lifelong Dolphins fan, I am very conflicted about this…

  14. kane337 says: Dec 1, 2011 10:54 AM

    His personality disorder must have taken affect.

  15. Kaz says: Dec 1, 2011 11:01 AM

    The fare meter has an accent? I think a point in its direction is universal…

  16. sportingzoo says: Dec 1, 2011 11:11 AM

    When even well-paid NFL players think cab fares are outrageous, something needs to change.

  17. jpb12 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:14 AM

    So he didn’t know where the play was going… and ran the wrong route.

  18. pir8life says: Dec 1, 2011 11:20 AM

    Aqib Talib would have snapped that cabbie and the back of the head for lipping off.

  19. ingraven says: Dec 1, 2011 11:22 AM

    Damn Marshall, you can barely CATCH a ball,,what makes you think you should try and CATCH a cab now too???

  20. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 1, 2011 11:22 AM

    Marshall is not a faster version of Oronde Gadsden. Oronde had velcro hands and usually went down where he caught the ball. Marshall is pretty much the exact opposite.

  21. santorin4 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:26 AM

    Why would he need to jump into another cab to go home? Doesn’t make sense the cabbie wanted him to pay but wouldn’t even take him home. I smell a rat…

  22. rammer27 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:29 AM

    I met him at the KC airport after they played the Chiefs and he seemed to be a very nice and modest guy. Hell at first I didn’t know who he was and he didn’t offer, then I realized who was. He actually seemed embarrased to be recognized.

  23. moondog7 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:41 AM

    Too bad that cab wasn’t a boat to get him off revis island

  24. deadeye says: Dec 1, 2011 11:47 AM

    The dude was not worth two second rounders and 50 million. Miami screwed themselves.

  25. sullijo1 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:47 AM

    Miami is doing really good after trading for him….

    Wait, never mind.

  26. curfster33 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:50 PM

    This article is scewed from the original. He told the cab driver to take him home, went to sleep and woke up at the airport. He said he wanted to go home and the guy started arguing with him in broken english, brandon said he had to use the bathroom, went inside and did so then snuck out to another cab. The cab driver heard through radio marshall hadn’t paid and instead of home drove him to contact police.

  27. iseek11 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:50 PM

    As a lifelong Bronco fan, I am glad to be rid of the Brandon Marshall drama. And although he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, this situation would be difficult for any of us to accept.

    After reading the police report, it appears that BM was at Dansby’s birthday party and took a cab afterwards. Marshall told the cab driver to take him to Southwest Ranches (where he lives). Apparently the cab driver thought he said Southwest Airlines. So BM falls asleep and wakes up at the airport with a $142 bill.

    I think most of us would have a problem paying that and then asking him to take you to your original destination and paying again simply because the driver took you to the wrong place. All stereotypes about cab drivers and the English language aside, this one seems to be on the cabbie.

    But just walking away isn’t the answer although better than how Marshall typically resolves conflicts.

    On a side note, the report also stated that alcohol was not involved. I find it hard to believe that after leaving a party at 4 am, passing out in a cab, and waking up in an airport wasn’t a little alcohol related. Just a little.

  28. curfster33 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    He doesnt have off-field issues, hes a great team player with a lot of character, hthis isnt a major deal guys.

  29. sf69ers says: Dec 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    The hangover part 3 in south beach!

  30. frank booth says: Dec 1, 2011 1:49 PM

    Patrick Kane has punched cabbies for less.

  31. sojumaster says: Dec 1, 2011 4:06 PM

    realitypolice says:Dec 1, 2011 10:28 AM

    Sounds to me like the cabbie engaged in some shenanigans.

    How do you rack up a $142 dollar cab fare? Marshall probably fell asleep in the cab and the cabbie waited until the fare was high enough to make his night before he woke him up.

    ———————————-

    Here is a little ‘reality’ for you mr. realitypolice, according to the taxifarefinder website, from the hotel he was staying at to his home, the fare would be $80, not counting for a tip. According to the report, he traveled to the Miami Airport then to the Fort Lauderdale Airport, that trip is $103 basaed on milage alone. That does not include waiting time, tolls and other charges.
    So $142 seems to be in line.

    Here is a bit more reality, even if the cab driver drove a few miles of his way for a few extra dollars, Brandon Marshall had evaded the cab fare under the false impression of having to use the bathroom and he proceed to walk out another exit and enter another cab.

    Just because he did one right thing (taking a cab instead of drunk driving) that does not excuse the wrong actions afterwards.

  32. bbk1000 says: Dec 1, 2011 4:15 PM

    His “borderline personality disorder” diagnosis, as ridiculous as it is, will probably get him out of a lot of trouble.

    His long history with the law notwithstanding, he is a wonderful human being, one of the NFL’s best.

    Where do you think he’ll end up, on the cover of Madden 2013 or on Saints Row IV?

  33. neelymessier says: Dec 1, 2011 5:02 PM

    righteous cabbie bros can pucker up. I don’t know what happened here, but the scenario of driving a sleeping/passed out passenger around IS NOT UNCOMMON. I have pretended I didn’t know my way around just to bust cabbies who would exploit it. Just because the majority would not, doesn’t make it a possibility.

  34. neelymessier says: Dec 1, 2011 5:24 PM

    1. He has never been sentenced to jail
    2. Borderline Personality Disorder is no joke.

  35. bbk1000 says: Dec 1, 2011 6:23 PM

    Sentenced……nice choice of words…..

    Who is making a joke?, it’s sad, really, it is..

    That said, hide your family if you live near him…….

  36. dolfan72 says: Dec 1, 2011 8:46 PM

    I’d pay Stephen LOSS $142 to FIRE TONY SPARANO! HIRE JEFF FISHER!

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