Well . . . it was a great nine hours or so, wasn't it? I swear, the Bears just aren't allowed to have anything nice. News broke late Tuesday night about an incident involving the team’s new Pro Bowl wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, in which he reportedly "slugged" a woman in the face early Sunday morning.
Marshall was the keynote speaker at a charitable event Monday night in New York and afterward attended a function at a local club with his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, and close friends. At some point, a fight broke out and Marshall’s wife was ultimately taken to the hospital.
Marshall’s attorney, of course, refutes any allegations that Brandon had any part in scuffle and released this statement:
"While at the function a fight broke out NOT involving Mr. Marshall or his friends. While attempting to leave to avoid the melee, Mrs. Marshall was struck in the face by a thrown bottle. She suffered serious injury."
Personally, something sounds fishy to me.
What, did this woman forget she got punched in the face for two days? This was not No. 1 on her priority list? I call B.S. on that. Who really knows . . . maybe it's the Halas Hall Kool-Aid seeping through my veins. Yeah, I took a few gulps from the Marshall punch bowl.
But more importantly, can the Bears really control this guy? With a borderline personality disorder and an extremely checkered past (just read this list the Tribune posted—if you have an hour or so, that is) he probably needs professional help.
Anyone who’s supposedly in the wrong place at the wrong time THAT many times is bound to find trouble again. But, if there’s any coach in the NFL who can help keep Marshall’s head on straight, it has to be Lovie Smith.
GM Phil Emery claims the Bears knew about the incident before trading for Marshall and released this statement on Wednesday:
“Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend. We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”
I don’t think the Bears wouldn't have made this trade if they thought they couldn't control him. If there’s one thing the Bears don't do, it’s drama. They cut Tank Johnson after his incidents, as well as Cedric Benson. And Sam Hurd . . . well . . . (they did cut him, too.)
And I’m sure the Dolphins thought the same thing when they paid through the teeth to get Marshall two years ago. Maybe it can be the Bears who will finally help straighten this guy out, who knows? I guess we can only hope . . .
Lovie-Smith-Kenobi, you're our only hope!