Jay Cutler worked with Brandon Marshall in Denver and knows the kind of trouble Marshall has been in the past. In an interview on the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN Chicago radio, he advised people to hold off on judging Marshall before all the facts from Sunday's incident at a New York City club come out.
"I talked to Brandon yesterday, and I think he was bummed about it, the perception and everything, of him getting to Chicago and that being over his head," Cutler said. "Let's not judge him quite yet.
"I know he has a checkered past and Brandon is the first one to stand up and admit to that. But I know deep down he's a good guy. He made some mistakes, but going forward I see nothing but bright things for the guy."
Marshall has been accused of punching a woman during an altercation between two football players. His lawyer refuted the story, saying Marshall was trying to get his wife out of the club after she was hit in the face with a bottle.
Cutler was Marshall's teammate in 2007, when Bronco Darrent Williams was killed outside a nightclub on New Year's Day while out with Marshall and other Broncos. Today, Cutler said it's actually not like Marshall to be out late partying. He just ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"He doesn't really go to the clubs at 4 am., I don't know how this stuff happens to him," Cutler said. "It just does sometimes.
Cutler also said it will be his mission to keep Marshall out of the clubs when he's in Chicago.