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Bears say they knew about Brandon Marshall’s latest incident

Phil Emery AP

The first thought that came into many minds after word broke of the latest allegation of off-field violence against receiver Brandon Marshall was that the Bears got snookered.  The Dolphins knew, the Bears didn’t, and that’s why the deal went down.

The Bears are publicly saying otherwise.  In a statement issued moments ago, the teams acknowledges that it knew about the situation.

“Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend,” G.M. Phil Emery said.  “We decided to move forward with the trade.  We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”

It probably would have looked worse if the Bears hadn’t known, given the Sam Hurd situation from last year.  It still looks pretty bad that they’d give up two third-round picks for a guy who still hasn’t figured out how to not simply stay on the right side of the line but to stay as far away from the line as possible.

And the timing nevertheless invites speculation that the Bears didn’t know, but that they’ve chosen the perception of recklessness over the perception of stupidity.  If the Bears knew, they should have found a way to control the release of the information in a way that slammed the door on any suggestion that they were clueless, such as leaking the story to a beat writer along with key details like “the Bears knew about it, the Bears investigated it, the Bears don’t believe it will be a problem, and the Bears used it to drive down the price.”

Regardless of whether it will indeed be a problem, Marshall is now the Bears’ problem.

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34 Responses to “Bears say they knew about Brandon Marshall’s latest incident”
  1. nflfollower says: Mar 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    Goodell might suspend him. Repeat offender who keeps putting himself in “these situations”. Stay outta the clubs!! Is it so hard?? Pick up another interest already

  2. mjkelly77 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:09 AM

    Wonder if Marshall will be serving any jail time during the season?

  3. weimtime says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 AM

    Worth it. A small nightclub spat vs. the worst receiving corps in the league. Discuss.

  4. 69finfan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 AM

    To all you Bears Fans and or Dolphin Haters. Two 3rds and dumping BM’s salary and baggage (on field and off) doesn’t look like such a bad deal on the Dolphins part now does it? I didn’t think so. Keep hatin. Go Fins!

  5. lostsok says: Mar 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    People with borderline personalities tend to get worse as they age, becoming more bitter and alienated.

    Honestly, he should retire from football and try to find a more level profession. He certainly should know better than put himself in volatile situations away from the game. His condition clearly is exasperated by a lack of common sense.

    Miami is lucky to have gotten two picks for him at this point, and he’ll be worth less and less as his life unravels.

  6. mnfaninaz says: Mar 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    New GM took a big swing… looked like a homerun but the wind kept the ball inside the park… and Chicago’s hope has faded yet again…

    Go Cubs?

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 14, 2012 9:16 AM

    It’s never good when your star player’s face appears above the sports center anchor’s shoulder during a broadcast. And it’s not after a game.

    True, whatever OG out of Utah we draft with your 3rd round will likely never be on sports center for any reason, BM is a major pain to have on your team.

  8. sclazo says: Mar 14, 2012 9:16 AM

    And now we know why the Phins decided to get rid of him for two 3rd rounders. The guy cannot stay out of trouble.

  9. bubbaone says: Mar 14, 2012 9:16 AM

    He’ll be fine in Chicago. They have a good support system…just ask Sam Hurd.

  10. sirsupersouthern says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 AM

    “We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”

    Translation: The numbers are there, who cares if he’s a drunken, half-crazy, woman beating brute?

    That’s almost as bad as the offenders vowing in interviews “Not to put myself in that situation again.”

    It ain’t the situation, Scummo, it’s the decision you made in it! The decisions we make form our individual patterns of behavior, and history is said to repeat itself. So these GMs signing troubled players are just asking for future black eyes. I wonder if they have pre-written excuses prepared for the inevitable?

  11. lilbitofsoul says: Mar 14, 2012 9:18 AM

    As A Lions Fan…

    This doesn’t scare me like the potential Super Mario signing. Im rooting for the Bills to get him cause to me it makes no sense for him to go to Buffalo. ANd doesnt affect the Lions a bit.

    If the Bears sign Williams, Stafford (and all NFC North QB’s) will have 2 rough games every year.

    I do think the Bears got a good deal for 2 3rd rounders though.

  12. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:18 AM

    They didn’t know. Just covering their tails as not to look stupid. Too late!

  13. ebr362 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:26 AM

    All of a sudden the trade doesn’t look all that bad. The PR nightmare for the Bears starts today, they put his talent in front of his respect for women. I can see the National Organization for Women gathering outside Bear games in protest. When the league is gaining alot of popularity/marketability with woman the league will have no choice but to come down very hard on this or suffer the same black eye as the woman BM hit. Stay classy Bears.

  14. randolph32 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:26 AM

    The Saga never ends with the Bears….guess we need a babysitter for another player…just catch the damn ball!!!

  15. gridassassin says: Mar 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    …and he can be cut at any time with no salary cap implications.

    Risk/reward analysis indicated he could be the best Bears WR since ….Johnny Morris.

    So they traded (what amounts to) the overloved and overrated Greg Olsen and a third rounder for a three time Pro Bowl WR that has twice the stats of Vincent Jackson at 66% of the salary over the next 2-3 years.

  16. vikescry1 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    well the bears got a #1 wideout, but will he be allowed to play this year? i smell at least a 4 game suspension coming. all that talent marshal’s got but yet he’s not smart enough to stay out of trouble. it amaze’s me that an nfl player can put himself into a great situation, but screw it up later? (multiple times)

  17. Cryptkeeper says: Mar 14, 2012 9:31 AM

    I went to bed last night with Manning worried about playing with Marshall in Miami… and woke up this morning with Chicago worried about Marshall punching a woman.

    Man, the NFL moves fast.

  18. comeonnowguys says: Mar 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    Right, because because trading the extra draft pick this year and a third round next year for a receiver with Pro Bowl upside is “reckless.”

  19. igotgamenj says: Mar 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    Rodger Goodell said that if Marshall got into anymore trouble after the stabbing incident last year that he would get an automatic one year suspension.

  20. lpd1964 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:37 AM

    Sadly, where’s there smoke, there’s usually fire. This guy just doesn’t get it. I know it’s just an allegation, but how many times can you say I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  21. talkintrashallday says: Mar 14, 2012 9:37 AM

    Marshall + Cutler + Good O-Line Free Agents = playoffs

  22. nesby2 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:41 AM

    Trust me this is a GOOD problem to have considering last year!

  23. clark54bears says: Mar 14, 2012 9:43 AM

    Read the initial report. He wasn’t involved in the fight and his wife was struck with either a bottle or a glass. The report states he was leaving when the alleged incident occurred. Would you defend your family? Granted, he probably needs to quit clubbing…at a club.

  24. gb4mn0 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:46 AM

    It still looks pretty bad that they’d give up two third-round picks for a guy who still hasn’t figured out how to not simply stay on the right side of the line but to stay as far away from the line as possible

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    He’s suffering from a personality disorder and beats up on women. 10 years from now a broke and just released from jail, Marshall will be sitting alongside his sue crazy ambulance chasing attorney claiming his behavior was due to being concussed. Do these dregs really need to be paraded around in front of our youth.

  25. lionsfan54 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:46 AM

    So, Suh kicks another, 300 lb man’s leg and that’s an outrage, 2 game suspension. Marshall is what? the 10th player who has beat up a girl and I don’t see any of them getting suspended. Oh that’s right, those things didn’t happen on national television.

  26. rodgers419 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:49 AM

    He wasn’t elected to be your kids role model. He was signed to play football. Just run routes and catch passes and it’ll work out fine for the Bears.

  27. earlyjk54 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:52 AM

    It was a great signing by Emery. Marshall will be a beast in Chicago. Miami is the devil for players who crave the nightlife, winters in Chi will calm him down.

  28. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 9:58 AM

    weimtime says:
    Mar 14, 2012 9:11 AM
    Worth it. A small nightclub spat vs. the worst receiving corps in the league. Discuss.
    ===========================

    Did you just start following the NFL yesterday?

    -On March 26, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Highlands Ranch suburb of Denver on suspicion of domestic violence.

    -On October 22, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area at the intersection of 14th and Blake St. for driving under the influence of alcohol

    -September 17, 2008 solicitor’s office in Fulton County, Georgia filed misdemeanor battery charges

    -On March 1, 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct

    -On April 23, 2011, Marshall was stabbed near his stomach by his wife

    -On July 30, 2011, it was revealed that Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder

    ……..So, um, yeah. A little more than a small nightclub spat. Have fun with that.

  29. joe6606 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:00 AM

    Vince Young punched a guy in the face, on video, and was arrested..and didn’t even get a fine or suspension.

    Yes, I realize BM is a “repeat offender” but I highly doubt Goodell is going to do anything to him for this.

    Now if he were a Steeler, he’d have a lifetime ban…..

  30. lrt79 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:02 AM

    No charges have been filed, so what can Goodell do? Can he really take disciplinary action against anyone has is alleged to have done something?

    In that case, I’m sure 3/4 of the league should be suspended for failing to pay child support on the children allegedly fathered by them in various cities.

    The Bears still got a great deal. Even if Marshall gets suspended (wrongfully) and misses a game or two… well, he’ll still be there for the Super Bowl.

  31. ebr362 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    As good as BM is, his numbers never put his teams over the top. Look at the records of the BRoncos and the Dolphins while he was there. He is a beast when he actually holds onto a ball, but the endzone is his cryptomite. Big numbers mean nothing if you choke in the endzones and not put wins on the board. Watched too many fin games where his drops in the endzone cost them a chance to win the game.

  32. dukemarc says: Mar 14, 2012 10:40 AM

    lrt79 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 10:02 AM
    No charges have been filed, so what can Goodell do? Can he really take disciplinary action against anyone has is alleged to have done something?

    In that case, I’m sure 3/4 of the league should be suspended for failing to pay child support on the children allegedly fathered by them in various cities.

    The Bears still got a great deal. Even if Marshall gets suspended (wrongfully) and misses a game or two… well, he’ll still be there for the Super Bowl.
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    For the answer to question #1, you should ask Big Ben’s opinion on the subject.

    Marshall will be lucky if he only gets 2 games off considering his past behavior.

  33. lpd1964 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    Read the initial report. He wasn’t involved in the fight and his wife was struck with either a bottle or a glass. The report states he was leaving when the alleged incident occurred. Would you defend your family? Granted, he probably needs to quit clubbing…at a club.

    Read Marshall’s history-He doesn’t get it, he continues to put himself in situations that do not make sense. What good happens at 3am? apparently the Bears don’t care-win at all costs with a lousy cast of characters.

  34. butkismyditka says: Mar 15, 2012 8:33 PM

    lpd1964 says:Mar 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    Read the initial report. He wasn’t involved in the fight and his wife was struck with either a bottle or a glass. The report states he was leaving when the alleged incident occurred. Would you defend your family? Granted, he probably needs to quit clubbing…at a club.

    Read Marshall’s history-He doesn’t get it, he continues to put himself in situations that do not make sense. What good happens at 3am? apparently the Bears don’t care-win at all costs with a lousy cast of characters.

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    You’re an idiot. Characters? This is a one time deal, Emery has military ties, a hardnosed guy, supposedly. Ever heard of Tank Johnson? Cedric Benson? Sure sounds like Chicago just welcomes and condones, as well as approves of that sort of behaviour. Last I checked, both of those guys ended up in Cincy. Clown.

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