Broncos' Marshall avoids suspension over arrest

BY foxsports • June 3, 2009

Brandon Marshall is free to play the entire 2009 season, providing his surgically repaired hip allows it.

Marshall learned Tuesday he won't face disciplinary action from the NFL over his latest arrest in a domestic dispute.

League spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos' Pro Bowl receiver has been notified that no punishment is forthcoming as the result of his arrest in Atlanta on March 1 that stemmed from a fight with his new fiance.

"I'm thankful to the league and their findings today," Marshall told Denver's FOX 31 KDVR TV, "but this is also a continuance of me looking into the mirror and growing into the man I know I should be."

Charges were dropped the next day when Marshall and his fiance, Michi Leshase Nogami-Campbell, refused to testify against each other.

"We are humbled, enthused and excited by this decision by the commissioner's office," Marshall's agent, Kennard McGuire, told The AP. "We also understand that Brandon has to continue to grow, be accountable and responsible. We have no doubt he'll do all the above and more."

The Broncos, who had no immediate comment Tuesday, were worried that Marshall's latest arrest could lead to another suspension for repeated violations of the league's personal conduct code. He missed last year's opener for a series of police-related incidents with his former girlfriend.

Repeat offenders of the league's conduct policy, such as Tank Johnson and Chris Henry, have received eight-game suspensions. Adam "Pacman" Jones was suspended for the 2007 season after repeated run-ins with the law.

Marshall, 25, was suspended for three games last season but he and his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, successfully had the punishment whittled to one game plus two paychecks totaling $52,352 when Marshall pledged to stay out of trouble and off the police blotter.

He broke up with his former girlfriend, made weekly visits to inner-city youth and earlier this year proposed to Nogami-Campbell.

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