Bears Receiver Brandon Marshall is facing New Accusations of Domestic Abuse
Now it's Brandon Marshall.
ABC News is reporting that Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears is the latest NFL player to be at the center of the National Football League's domestic violence controversy.
New charges surfaced Wednesday afternoon that the NFL failed to act on allegations of domestic abuse involving an old case against Marshall from 2006.
The Bears released a statement Wednesday saying Brandon Marshall has the team's full support. Bears general manager Phil Emery said:
"Brandon has the full support of the Chicago Bears. We were aware of his personal background when we traded for him in 2012 and equally aware of the tremendous efforts he made to bring positive changes in his life and in the lives of all the people around him. Since his arrival, Brandon has thrived in an environment that has been supportive. He has been a very positive, thoughtful and proactive leader and role model. He has acknowledged his past struggles and shared his story in an effort to help others improve their daily lives. Brandon has been at the forefront of mental health awareness and has extended himself in an unprecedented way to help fellow players across the NFL. He has helped himself through helping others and we are proud to have him as a teammate."
The Accustions come from Lawyer Gloria Allred who brought to light what she feels are the shortcomings of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell by explaining how he ignored domestic violence issues in the past. Allred is represents Rasheedah Watley, who is an ex-girlfriend of Marshall’s, and her family. In statements made at a press conference in Atlanta, Watley’s friend Kristeena Spivey, father Clarence Watley and Allred alleged that Goodell was contacted about an incident involving Marshall but never got back to the victims.
Allred said she wants the NFL to change its procedures.
Brandon Marshall posted to twitter that ESPN, as the network, aired a profile story of him Tuesday evening that focused in part on past accusations of domestic violence. Marshall insinuated that ESPN misled him about what the interview would be about.
Brandon Marshall was never charged in that 2006 incident.