Annnnnnnnd now we know why Brandon Marshall was available for two third-round picks.
The New York Post reports that Marshall is accused of “slugging” a woman outside a New York City nightclub on Sunday.
The woman claims that she was punched in the eye by Marshall as a group of her friends were arguing with Marshall and another football player, both of whom allegedly had been thrown out of the club for fighting.
A lawyer for Marshall told the Post that Marshall was not involved in the fight.
“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 said. “While attempting to leave and take his wife to the hospital, the mayhem continued outside. Mr. Marshall is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter.”
Via NFL.com, Jay Glazer of FOX posted a similar statement from lawyer Harvey Steingberg on Twitter.
Technically, it’s unknown whether the Dolphins knew about the incident before trading Marshall. If they did, however, the decision to dump him makes more sense.
The question then becomes, if the Dolphins knew, did the Bears? And will the Bears care? There could be some rule or bylaw somewhere allowing the Bears to bail on this one if the Dolphins were aware of pertinent information and failed to share it.
It’s the latest incident in a long line of off-field problems and incidents involving Marshall.