Bears receiver Brandon Marshall opens up about domestic violence
In a lengthy press conference Thursday afternoon, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall discussed his experience with domestic violence and said he had "so much respect" for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after meeting with him last summer.
Marshall says Goodell asked him in the past how he can help some of the troubled players in the league. "I really respect the NFL for that." — Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) September 18, 2014
Marshall also spoke about his history with domestic violence and his views on the the NFL's role in adjudicating cases.
Marshall has been involved in many assault allegations, dating back to 2004 during his junior year at Central Florida. Since Marshall was drafted in 2006, he has been involved in at least eight reported incidents of violence against women. The last reported incident took place in 2011.
The 30-year-old has been arrested twice for suspicion of domestic violence, but he was not convicted in the cases.
Brandon Marshall: "What I am disgusted over … it’s really a condition of our hearts as people. It’s how we treat each other.” — Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 18, 2014
On Wednesday, attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference in Atlanta to publicly question Goodell's handling of 2007 domestic violence allegations against Marshall. No charges were filed against Marshall in the June 8, 2007, incident. The receiver was suspended for three games in 2008 for the incident against his then-girlfriend. After an appeal, the suspension was reduced to one game and a fine.
Marshall also said Thursday that he doesn't believe in indefinite bans for Rice or others because he believes in second chances.
Brandon Marshall: "The Ray Rice case is terrible. The things I’ve been through in the past is terrible.” — Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 18, 2014
Main takeaway from Brandon Marshall's ongoing presser: He supports enhanced punishment for DV. But only after due process in legal system. — Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 18, 2014
- Sarah Barshop