Gloria Allred: NFL must 'get it right'

Attorney Gloria Allred on Wednesday joined those calling for changes in the way the NFL investigates and punishes players accused of assault and domestic abuse, saying commissioner Roger Goodell ignored previous complaints lodged against Brandon Marshall.

At a news conference in Atlanta, Allred was joined by a friend of and the father of Rasheeda Watley, who alleged in 2006 that she was abused by Marshall, who at the time was a receiver for the Denver Broncos.

All three detailed how Watley had complained to the NFL after numerous police reports and at least one arrest involving Marshall, but said she got no response from Goodell.

In 2008, Marshall was suspended for three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, but the suspension was reduced to one game and an additional game check. He denied ever abusing Watley in a 2009 interview with "Outside the Lines."

No new allegations were made Wednesday, though Allred said she would write to the NFL with her proposed changes.

"We want the NFL to get it right," Allred said. "It's long overdue for the NFL to get it right."

Marshall, 30, currently plays for the Chicago Bears and is coming off three straight Pro Bowl seasons.

Goodell, meanwhile, has come under heavy scrutiny in the past week for the league's handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.