Denver Broncos

NFL Decides Not to Discipline Marshall

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 23:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos lines up for a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 23, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars won 23-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
PunkusAnalyst IJune 3, 2009

NFL league officials have announced that Brandon Marshall is free to play the entire 2009 season.

League spokesman Greg Aiello told the AP that after reviewing the facts of the incident, which occurred March 1, 2009, the league notified Marshall that they decided against taking any disciplinary action.

The incident in question stemmed from an argument with his fiancee Michi Leshase Nogami-Campbell outside of his Atlanta condo.  Both Marshall and his fiancee were arrested, but charges of disorderly conduct were dropped the next day for lack of evidence.

Many speculated that Marshall could have been suspended up to eight games this season, due to his history of run-ins with the law.  Fortunately for the Broncos, this latest incident was not deemed worthy of such discipline.

The League did not come to this decision lightly.  All the facts of the situation were fully investigated with due diligence by the league.  Sufficient evidence was not found by the Atlanta Courts or by the NFL to warrant any action though.

Though one thing is for sure, Marshall needs to change all of his circumstances that have lead him to getting to the point where he is on the personal conduct watch list, if he wishes to continue his career in the NFL with Denver.  McDaniels doesn't want selfish players who cause distractions.  He needs players focused on working hard and winning.

Marshall is not out of the weeds yet either.  He still has to stand trial in Atlanta next week for two counts of misdemeanor battery, charges that stem from a March 2008 domestic incident involving his former girlfriend Rasheedah Watley.   

Provided that Marshall does not have any further setbacks and he heals well from his recent hip surgery, he will be able to play the full season for the Denver Broncos.

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