Brandon Marshall responds to allegations of abuse
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes attempts to link his troubled past to the controversy about NFL domestic violence have been made only for personal gain.
Marshall spent 40 minutes Thursday responding to allegations made a day earlier in Marietta, Georgia.
The father of a woman who once dated Marshall called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign because he’s disappointed in the way his daughter’s abuse allegations were handled. Clarence Watley said his daughter, Rasheedah Watley, was abused by Marshall. Prominent attorney Gloria Allred called the news conference amid scrutiny of how the league handles abuse allegations against its players.
Marshall was with the Denver Broncos at the time the allegations surfaced. He was suspended for three games in 2008, but the suspension was reduced to one game. He denied the allegations and was never convicted. In some of the episodes, charges weren’t filed.
Marshall said he thought the news conference was an attempt to use his past problems to attack Goodell. He said he thinks Goodell is doing the right thing by toughening punishments for domestic violence.
“It’s not the NFL’s job to raise men. We’re kidding ourselves if we think it’s the NFL’s job to take boys from college and raise them to men,” Marshall said via the Chicago Tribune. “It is a problem in our marriages, a problem in our communities, a problem in the way we coach children and parenting – that’s where it starts. It doesn’t start with the NFL, it doesn’t start with the government, it starts at home.”
Marshall, who said he suffers from borderline personality disorder, provided reporters with therapist reports and testimony he said came from Watley that she had not been attacked by Marshall. The packet also had letters asking for payment from Marshall. He said they had demanded “$1 million, $500,000, $150,000 and $100,000.”
Ahead of Thursday’s press conference, Marshall passed out a 12-page packet of information related to the case, including a letter from his Watley to Goodell admitting she was pressured to make things up.
“There is a letter from the Watleys, from Ms. Rasheedah Watley to the commissioner in 2008, where she states, I was pressured to do this for money,” Marshall said. “My family pressured me, this stuff didn’t happen. Which isn’t all true because it was a very volatile relationship. We argued every single day. We treated each other bad. We had no business being in a relationship.”
Marshall said ESPN owes him and his wife an apology after the network aired an edited version of its 2012 profile of him this week with information about domestic violence accusations.
“I refuse to sit back and continue to let ESPN or any other outlet exploit my story,” Marshall said.
Marshall condemned ESPN for not reading the court documents and public records before airing the profile.
“I try not to get defensive,” he said, “but I am because it’s been six or seven years, and watching that ESPN piece run again and be depicted as if it was today when it was shot two years ago, and them sitting in my living room in front of my wife and tell us this is about your camp and community event, it pissed me off.”
Marshall said he grew up surrounded by domestic violence, revealing his mother was mentally, physically and sexually assaulted. Pointing to the current state of the NFL where Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Jonathan Dwyer are dominating the headlines, Marshall called the situation “sad.”
Bears general manager Phil Emery issued a statement saying Marshall has the “full support of the Chicago Bears.” He praised Marshall, saying he “has been at the forefront of mental health awareness and has extended himself in an unprecedented way to help fellow players across the NFL.”
Broncos officials said the allegations of abuse were taken very seriously and the franchise doesn’t condone violence of any type toward women.(Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)
A Texas man is under arrest after gunning down a SWAT team member as the officer quietly tried to climb in through the apartment’s window during predawn hours.
Police State USAreports that a resident fatally shot Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie as the officer climbed in through a ground level window as part of a “no knock” raid. The officers were there due to suspicion that residents were in possession of controlled substances.
Upon hearing a noise, resident Marvin Louis Guy, 50, opened fire on the unidentified officers, shooting three others as well, although only one fatally.
Guy is currently being held on capital murder charges in connection with Dinwiddie’s death, even though it’s unclear how Guy was supposed to know that the men crawling in through the window were police officers since they hadn’t identified themselves.
The evidence sheet lists a laptop, a safe, a pistol, and a glass pipe, but no drugs were found. Given the evidence, why did police deem it necessary to seek a “no knock” warrant and why did a judge sign off on it?
Very little is known about Mr. Guy, but Dinwiddie left behind two children, all because his SWAT team went creeping into a home where the residents didn’t even have any drugs. Is that the best use of law enforcement tax dollars?
Guy’s bond has been set at $3 million dollars.
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"cop breaks and enters with state approval, gets his ass shot"
this happened in Texas where it is perfectly legal to shoot and kill someone who is breaking into your home
Literally everybody knows that in Texas you can open fire on someone who comes onto your property without permission. What in the hell did they expect??
Where the NRA at? In the largest pro-gun state of Texass, those second amendment rights only apply if you’re white.
Oh no stand your ground for the homie right???? NO STAND YOUR GROUND FOR THE HOMIE RIGHT????!????!!!!
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or were you referring to the other black people dressed ” respectfully ” during that time period that were being attacked with fire hoses and dogs? or maybe the ones getting lynched while white people stood under them, smiling and taking pictures?
or was it the ones that stood alongside MLK, dressed just as nicely, that got blown up inside of a church?
racism has nothing to do with how ” respectfully ” we dress. it’s about race.
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Not to derail this post or anything but is this man wearing overalls with a suit?
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