New Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall called in Monday to ESPN 1000's "Waddle & Silvy," providing insight into his assimilation into the Bears organization and providing some background for the column he wrote about the NFL and mental illness over the weekend in the Chicago Sun-Times.
One of several takeaways was Marshall's strongest denial to date of any wrongdoing in a March incident outside a New York City nightclub two days before the Bears acquired him from the Miami Dolphins. A woman claimed that Marshall, who has had a history of domestic violence, punched her in the face outside the club.
Here's what Marshall said of an investigation that has not yet been closed:
"It's not over and my name hasn't been cleared. Definitely have to let the judicial system take its course, but again, this also is one of those things that is the result of everything I've been through in the past. When you go through things I've been through, it makes you a bigger target. Not only am I an NFL player, but I'm an NFL player who has had trouble in the past. Whenever I step out, the target on my back is pretty much bigger than 90-95 percent of the guys in the league because of who I am and what I've been through.
"This situation in New York … Just the allegation of me balling up my fist and hitting that woman is just a lie. When the judicial system takes its course, I'm very confident that I'll be cleared of any wrongdoing. My wife was the victim in this situation."
This situation is of importance primarily because Marshall could face NFL discipline if he is found to have been involved more than he claims to have been. The assumption is the Bears wouldn't have made the trade if they weren't confident in Marshall's story, but we won't know for sure until New York police decide whether or not to move forward.