Bears’ Brandon Marshall accused of punching woman in face
BY SEAN JENSEN Twitter: @skjensen March 14, 2012 9:38AM
The Bears and Dolphins said they knew about a recent nighclub incident involving Brandon Marshall prior to executing their trade. | AP
Updated: March 14, 2012 4:46PM
New Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is dealing with the fallout of a fight at a New York nightclub early Sunday morning.
The Bears issued a statement Wednesday making clear that both they and the Miami Dolphins were aware of the incident before executing a trade on Tuesday.
“We decided to move forward with the trade,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. “We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”
New York City police say a woman has accused Marshall of punching her in the face at a nightclub. The woman alleges the incident occurred at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday outside the Marquee in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Police are investigating a complaint she filed Monday evening.
Marshall hasn’t been charged.
Marshall’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg of Denver, issued a statement Tuesday night, explaining their perspective of what transpired over the weekend.
“Brandon Marshall was the key note speaker at a charitable event in New York. After the event was over he, his wife and close friends attended a function at a local club. While at the function a fight broke out NOT involving Mr. Marshall or his friends. While attempting to leave to avoid the melee Mrs. Marshall was struck in the face by a thrown bottle. She suffered serious injury. While attempting to leave and take his wife to the hospital, the mayhem continued outside. Finally Mr. Marshall was able to take his wife to the hospital where she was treated for serious injuries. Mr. Marshall is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter.”
The New York Post, though, has a different story about what happened.
In fact, the Post reported in its story that Marshall “cold-cocked” a woman in the left eye around 4 a.m. The newspaper also said that Marshall was being escorted out of the club, after getting into a “fight” with an unknown athlete.
Last year, Marshall’s wife was arrested after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a domestic dispute. Charges were later dropped.
Marshall was involved in a 2007 fight in Denver that led to the drive-by slaying of the Broncos’ Darrent Williams.