|Marshall will reportedly be cleared of any wrongdoing in a nightclub incident. (US Presswire)|
Shortly after the Bears traded two third-round picks to the Dolphins for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, allegations that Marshall punched a woman outside a New York nightclub emerged. Police have been investigating, but according to a report, authorities are set to wrap up their probe and will not file any charges against Marshall.
That news comes via Adam Schefter of ESPN, who also reports that police have "struggled to find evidence against Marshall" and that it's "likely there will be no charges and the case will be closed."
"The situation in New York, it's unfortunate," Marshall said on local radio last week. "You never want to see anyone get hurt, but just the allegation of me balling my fist up and hitting a woman is just a lie. When the judicial system takes its course I'm very confident I will be cleared of any wrongdoing."
So it appears that Marshall will indeed be cleared and the Bears will be able to breathe a sigh of relief that their newest acquisition won't be going to jail or dealing with any sort of serious criminal/legal troubles.
However, that doesn't mean that Marshall and the Bears are 100 percent in the clear just yet: the NFL has shown in the past that simply because a player is cleared of legal issues with the police doesn't mean they're safe from punishment via the NFL offices.
If a player has a history of off-field trouble -- and Marshall certainly does -- Roger Goodell and the league are sometimes still willing to hand out a punishment for said player. (This very thing happened to Ben Roethlisberger during the 2010 season.) We'll have to wait and see whether or not the league decides to take action, but for now the good news for Marshall is at least that he's close to clearing one hurdle.
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