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Professional football player Brandon Marshall has been accused of punching a woman in the face at a Manhattan nightclub.
Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, reportedly was involved in a nightclub incident over the weekend, and a woman alleged Marshall punched her, according to The New York Post. Marshall's lawyer refuted the report.
The Bears have reportedly been working on the trade to get Marshall, a three-time Pro Bowler, since the NFL Combine. Both teams said they knew about the incident before pulling the trigger on the trade. Chicago GM Phil Emery released this statement Wednesday morning.
“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.”
It remains unclear what exactly happened, but according to the New York Post, a fight broke out at a New York nightclub late Sunday between Marshall and another unnamed football player. When a woman came near the group, she alleges Marshall "cold-cocked" her, though it's not clear if the punch was intended for her or someone else.
According to the Post:
“On March 12, 2012 Brandon Marshall was the key note speaker at a charitable event in New York. After the event was over he, his wife and close friends attended a function at a local club. 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 a serious injury.
While attempting to leave and take his wife to the hospital, the mayhem continued outside. Finally Mr. Marshall was able to take his wife to the hospital where she was treated for serious injuries. Mr. Marshall is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter.”
Marshall does have a history of off-the-field problems. He's been arrested for DUI and a domestic violence incident. He was once stabbed by his now-wife, and was present at the club when Denver Bronco Darrent Williams was shot to death."