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Published on 07/28/2008 at Mon Jul 28 10:34.
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Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall‘s looming suspension is the talk of Broncos Nation. After the third year wide receiver met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a week ago, many had speculated the Commish would slap Marshall with a 2-4 game suspension, and move on.

Then, word came out last week that the Commissioner was leaning toward a more severe 4-8 game suspension. Most fans thought that would be overkill, and that Marshall hadn’t done enough wrongdoing to deserve such a strict penalty.

Today, CompleteColorado.com is reporting that Marshall has a few more incidents involving the police in his past, including six 911 calls in the past 18 months to his house in a Highlands Ranch suburb. In all but one incident, a police report was not filed. The site has the complete breakdown, with reports on each incident.

If you take the time to read each incident, though, you’ll find that Marshall had little or nothing to do with any of them. Let me break it down for you…

  • #1 – February 14, 2007 – A warrant was serviced.  It is not clear for whom.  Moving on…
  • #2 – July 3, 2007 – No complaint filed. A security guard threatened to kill an unspecified Denver Broncos player. Scary to say the least, but nothing came of it.  Moving on…
  • #3 – November 19, 2007 - Serviced an arrest warrant on Marshall’s friend Carl Carrell.  Moving on…
  • #4 – December 25, 2007 – A mysterious domestic violence call.  This one sounds fishy.  The woman changed her story in the middle of the call, but nothing came of it.  Moving on…
  • #5 – May 10, 2008 – Marshall’s cousin physically assaults a woman.  Again, not Marshall.  Moving on…
  • #6 – June 28, 2008 – Marshall had his music on too loud.  At 3 AM.  Which is dumb.   Let’s suspend him over it.

The site also reports that three individuals had temporary restraining orders placed on Marshall, which were all voluntarily rescinded two weeks later.

This is a simple case of a stupid website digging for news.  I completely agree with Ian in his blog post – these trashy wannabe journalists are spending hours a day digging up dirt, trying to break news.  It’s pathetic, and frankly, disgusting.

Nothing new to see here folks. To me it sounds more and more like there are people in Brandon’s life who are trying to take advantage of his situation, and even punish him, as he expressed in previous comments regarding his ex-girlfriend.  Until we know further, it’s impossible to judge whether Marshall has become the victim of vindictive people around him (which I am now beginning to believe he has), or whether he is in fact a spark that aids in these incidents.  We don’t know, and that’s the point – and it’s impossible to suspend him until we do.

  • http://merlinofchaos.livejournal.com E. Halsey Miles

    We don’t know, and that’s the point – and it’s impossible to suspend him until we do.

    While I agree with the first half, I’m not so sure on the second half. Goodell isn’t patient, and I think that he can easily say that the quantity has “displayed a trend” that requires action. I’d disagree with him. On the other hand, I keep reading comments from people on Denver Post calling him a wife beating shitbag, or the like, and I have to restrain my urge to get livid. Actually I just get very very sad. It’s so easy to rush to judgement.

    I hope Marshall avoids a suspension, but I just can’t see it happening.

  • andy b.

    It’s extremely difficult to demand that a guy like Marshall extricate himself from the people around him who are very, very bad news for him and his career. I am not unsympathetic with the idea that these folks were (and are) his friends and there is probably a sense of loyalty because he believes they are going to protect him against the many bizarre pressures being rich NFL star must bring. That said– Marshall has to be able to make that decision, for the sake of his career. THERE SHOULD NOT BE A STRING OF 911 CALLS coming from his house, not like these… it’s going to hurt him big-time. When enough of this chaos surrounds him, it’ll bring him into it eventually.

  • http://Broncotalk Mike

    I have supported him and his rights as guaranteed under our judicial system and constitution. However, it is painfully evident Mr. Marshall is in dire need of a reality check. He must make the decision to cut himself free from the negative influences coming from within his immediate environment, (i.e., friends and family)
    Painful as it may be, he needs to start looking at what’s best for him, his career and ultimately, the Denver Broncos