Report: Marshall punched woman at club
NFL star wide receiver Brandon Marshall allegedly punched a woman at a Manhattan nightclub just days before the Miami Dolphins traded him to the Chicago Bears, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Bears general manager Phil Emery confirmed both teams were informed about the allegations against Marshall before concluding a deal Tuesday.
Marshall was at Marquee in Chelsea early Sunday when he got into an argument with a group of friends celebrating a birthday, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Around 4 a.m., birthday girl Christin Myles, 24, left an upper floor to greet a friend downstairs.
When Myles tried to get back upstairs, a bouncer told her she had to wait because there was a fight between two football players — Marshall, 27, and an unknown athlete — who were being thrown out of the club, the sources said.
She later met up with her friends, who were arguing with the NFL bad boy and the other football player outside.
Marshall — nicknamed "The "Beast" for his aggressive style of play — then allegedly hit Myles in the left eye. She suffered a black eye. It was not clear if he allegedly intended to strike her or one of her pals. Myles filed a police report.
A lawyer for Marshall told The Post that the fight did not involve Marshall or his friends.
"While attempting to leave to avoid the melee [Marshall's wife] was struck in the face by a thrown bottle. She suffered serious injury," the lawyer said. "While attempting to leave and take his wife to the hospital, the mayhem continued outside. Mr. Marshall is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter."
Police said the only report filed about that night names Marshall as a perpetrator. Marshall's rep declined to deny whether he threw a punch or say whether he attempted to file a police report about his wife's injuries.
Bears GM Emery confirmed the incident was relayed to both teams before they shook on a deal.
"Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend," Emery said in a statement reported by the Chicago Tribune. "We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear."
The melee came less than a year after Marshall was rushed to a Florida hospital after his wife allegedly stabbed him.
Marshall, who has been busted at least six times, was involved in a New Year's Eve 2006 fight in Denver that led to a teammate being fatally shot in a drive-by.