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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Brandon Marshall: Bears say they were aware of alleged incident before trade


Brandon Marshall was all-smiles after a 4-TD performance in the Pro Bowl. (Marco Garcia / AP)
Brandon Marshall's involvement in an incident at a New York nightclub over the weekend will not affect the trade that sent the wide receiver from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

“Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend,” Bears General Manager Phil Emery said in a statement released by the team. “We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”

Marshall and his wife, according to a New York Post report, were at a nightclub in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood when he and another football player who was not indentified were thrown out because of an altercation at 4 a.m. Monday. Christin Myles headed out of the club as well and alleges that she suffered a black eye when she was punched by Marshall, who was swinging at someone else.

“On March 12, 2012 Brandon Marshall was the keynote speaker at a charitable event in New York,” his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said in a statement. “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 NFL will look into the matter, as it does with all such incidents. Marshall’s past (which includes disorderly conduct, drunken driving and several incidents in which domestic violence was alleged) will figure in as the league determines whether to punish him. Marshall was involved in several incidents in Denver, including a 2007 altercation at a nightclub that preceded the drive-by murder of Darrent Williams, a teammate on the Broncos. In 2008, he was given a three-game suspension (later reduced to one game) for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Last year, Marshall, who was traded to Miami before the 2010 season, was stabbed in the abdomen by his wife during a domestic dispute; charges were dropped. In August, Marshall revealed that he has had treatment for borderline personality disorder and has struggled with anger management. Known as “The Beast,” he said then he wanted to “be the face of BPD” to help others and was in a movie called “Brandon Marshall: Borderline Beast.”

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