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In a lengthy press conference Bears receiver Brandon Marshall held Thursday afternoon, said he had "so much respect" for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after meeting with him a few months ago.

By SI Wire
September 18, 2014

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 said Goodell asked him how he could help players like Josh Gordon, Davone Bess, and Ray Rice turn their lives around.

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. 

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The 30-year-old has been arrested twice for suspicion of domestic violence, but he was not convicted in the cases.

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.​

- Sarah Barshop

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