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Brandon Marshall unlikely to face charges for nightclub incident

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Just after Brandon Marshall was traded from the Dolphins to the Bears in March, news surfaced that he was accused of punching a woman in the face during an incident at a nightclub in New York.

That led to fear from Brian Urlacher that Marshall would be suspended, even as Marshall insisted that he did nothing wrong and nothing worthy of getting suspended. We haven’t head anything from the league office about that yet, but it does look like Marshall will wriggle free of the long arm of the law.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the New York Police Department will likely wrap up their investigation into the fracas without charging Marshall with any crime. Per Schefter, police have struggled to find any evidence of wrongdoing by Marshall that backs up the calls from Christin Myles, the alleged victim, that he be held criminally responsible.

As Ben Roethlisberger will attest, avoiding criminal charges doesn’t guarantee that Marshall won’t get suspended. The league can use Marshall’s history and their own investigation as rationale for a suspension under the personal conduct policy. Avoiding charges would be a positive for Marshall, but it doesn’t take him all the way out of the woods.

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29 Responses to “Brandon Marshall unlikely to face charges for nightclub incident”
  1. timentideblog says: May 14, 2012 10:09 AM

    In other words, Goodell is taking a page from Obama and will do whatever he wants, due process be damned. Im not a Marshall fan, but if the police cant find PC to affect an arrest on Marshall how can Uncle Rodger suspend him? Gotta love dictatorships.

  2. joetoronto says: May 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    I have faith in Brandon Marshall, he’ll be arrested by the start of the season.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: May 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    Who was it again that said nothing good happens late at night inside these places?

  4. Peter Venkman says: May 14, 2012 10:21 AM

    With or without Marshall, the Bears are finishing 3rd in the North.

  5. philerup21 says: May 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    He would have been arrested at the time if he did anything that crossed the line, imo

  6. bucup says: May 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    You can take the boy out of the ghetto, but never the ghetto out of the boy!

  7. AlanSaysYo says: May 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    To say Marshall will “wriggle free of the long arm of the law” implies that he has indeed done something for which he should be punished, and that he’ll be escaping that punishment. That’s a very irresponsible claim.

  8. steelerdynasty2010 says: May 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    goodell only did that to BR because the NFL cheats for the steelers, hands them titles, etc.

    @timentideblog:
    did they ban you from the foxnews blogs or something? keep the politico stuff there please

  9. kathyisintheroom says: May 14, 2012 10:27 AM

    Let’s see:

    Hits on his wife.
    Gets stabbed by his wife.(you go girl)
    Starts fight that gets his teammate killed.
    Starts fight in bar.
    Hits a woman in bar.

    No discipline from the league whatsoever.

    Yet 4 Saints players suspended by Gestapo Goodell without showing them proof of what they are ACCUSED of. Only proof out there is of them playing hard, receiving no on-field penalties, and not putting anyone out of the game.

  10. rajbais says: May 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    Well if Marshall is unlikely to face charges for the nightclub incident then Miami could face a passing game going to crap!!!!

    Their best bet is to sign Plaxico Burress or trade for Packers WR James Jones and increase his stats by giving him more balls!!!!

  11. kathyisintheroom says: May 14, 2012 10:38 AM

    Kenny Brittt- no suspensions
    Brandon Marshall-no suspensions
    Bill Belichik-no suspensions

    yet the saints get punished?

  12. mialto says: May 14, 2012 10:50 AM

    Did anyone want to mention that she retracted her complaint and did not want to meet with the investigators? Makes you think of the angles.

  13. dhnguyen66 says: May 14, 2012 10:53 AM

    @timentideblog

    While there have been moments in time in which sports have been politically poignant, this is not one of those times. Keep the politics away from sports when you can, for a lot of us, this is our form of escapism from a very frustrating world.

    I’m tempted to write something snide and dismissive about your statement about the “dictatorships” you perceive, but I know better than to waste my time with ‘Bama fans.

  14. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 14, 2012 10:58 AM

    Roethlisberger actually put himself in the situation. He was in the bathroom with the woman and admitted to having contact but it never escalated.

    Only evidence they have in this case is from the woman’s mouth. Marshall was just leaving the nightclub.

  15. bullcharger says: May 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    After reading the details of the Marshall incident I don’t think he’ll be suspended. It looks pretty likely that his wife was hit in the face by a bottle. What ever happened after that probably cannot be totally blamed on Marshall as he would have reacted to protect his wife.

    The guy really needs to stay away from clubs and bars though. He doesn’t get it yet that he’s a target. Everyone knows both him and his wife are unstable… they easily can be provoked and provide a potential lawsuit payday.

  16. bearsfan4life says: May 14, 2012 11:01 AM

    There isn’t even enough evidence to bring charges?
    No corroborating witnesses?
    No videotapes?

    Just an allegation by someone with something to gain (after all, you printed her name).

    Cue the haters.

  17. Stiller43 says: May 14, 2012 11:02 AM

    No charges, just accusations? Not the first time in some kind of trouble?

    Thats 6 games able to be reduced to 4 right?

  18. comeonnowguys says: May 14, 2012 11:13 AM

    Seriously, Saints fans, please cry more.

    Your team had three years to stop something directly detrimental to the on-field product. And your team didn’t.

  19. cliffordc05 says: May 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Are you suggesting that Ben Roethlisberger’s conduct did not warrant a suspension. Avoiding criminal charges is one thing. A false accusation is another. There has never been a suggestion that Roethlisberger did not engage in sex with a drunk college girl in a bar bathroom. It could not be proven that it was rape and Ben settled with the girl out of court to avoid a civil trial. The accusation against Brandon Marshall appear to be fabricated. There is a big damn difference.

  20. dannyreneau says: May 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    and, As Ben Rapelisberger has proven, you can get away with just about anything…

  21. 69finfan says: May 14, 2012 11:29 AM

    hey rajbais;

    I don’t know where you’ve been the last several months but BM was traded by Miami to the Bears the day after this incident took place. So, while I agree they should obtain a #1 WR they can’t increase his stats or give him more balls because, well he doesn’t play there anymore.

  22. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 14, 2012 11:32 AM

    Marshall doesn’t get any charges and won’t get suspended. Bears got a steal. Here and the draft.

  23. EJ says: May 14, 2012 11:41 AM

    Why is a married couple hanging out in the club?

    Trouble seems to either follow this guy or he is just that stupid.
    Wise word for Mr. Marshall, keep your nose clean, focus on your family, your problematic wife, keep going to that shrink and stay outta the club… Otherwise, you will be broke in 5 years, the money hungry wife will walk with your children and you’ll be one miserable dude. Its happened before to many NFL superstars and it can happen to you.

  24. wludford says: May 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    Marshall will undoubtedly present the League with many other opportunities to be suspended, if this one doesn’t work out. I bet he wears out his welcome in Chicago before the bye-week.

  25. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 14, 2012 12:12 PM

    EJ says:
    May 14, 2012 11:41 AM
    Why is a married couple hanging out in the club?

    Trouble seems to either follow this guy or he is just that stupid.
    Wise word for Mr. Marshall, keep your nose clean, focus on your family, your problematic wife, keep going to that shrink and stay outta the club… Otherwise, you will be broke in 5 years, the money hungry wife will walk with your children and you’ll be one miserable dude. Its happened before to many NFL superstars and it can happen to you.

    ________________________________

    Man and wife can’t go out to celebrate with friends at a club?! I don’t see a problem with it. Actually, I’d prefer it. Compared to Marshall going to a club by himself without his wife. He’d probably get into more trouble.

    Plus, they both had just left a charity event, they wanted to go out and celebrate.

  26. Deb says: May 14, 2012 12:20 PM

    Goodell’s pattern in these cases has nothing to do with evidence or arrests. As the DA said with Roethlisberger, there was no probable cause to suggest the crime had even occurred. But there was a lot of bad national publicity surrounding a high-profile player. That’s why Roethlisberger was suspended (and he deserved it just for being an idiot).

    Brett Favre went through a season of unwarranted harassment investigations for the same reason. The incident had taken place nearly three years earlier and the woman had never filed a complaint. But he was a high-profile player getting a lot of of bad national publicity so Goodell needed the public to believe he was taking it seriously.

    Most casual football fans and their kiddies wouldn’t know Brandon Marshall from Elmo. He’ll get a pass.

  27. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 14, 2012 12:48 PM

    Brandon. Don’t leave your house after 8pm. EVER.

    -Signed,
    Common sense

  28. brennankm46 says: May 14, 2012 12:54 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:
    May 14, 2012 10:27 AM

    Yet 4 Saints players suspended by Gestapo Goodell without showing them proof of what they are ACCUSED of.
    _______________________________

    Still have no idea why Nazi-Germany comparisons are necessary or relevant.

  29. larryboodry says: May 14, 2012 11:04 PM

    Good for Brandon Marshall…If he and Jay Cutler light up the scoreboard this year, lots of Packers, Lions, and Vikings fans – and sadly, even some of my fellow Bears fans – will be left with nothing to whine about.

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