Josh Morgan, the Chicago Bears’ newest wide receiver, has gotten in trouble long before he ever steps on the field against the fearsome NFC North defenses.
According to NBC Washington, Morgan is facing charges after an alleged incident outside of a Washington D.C. nightclub. Kenneth Johnson was working as a valet driver and apparently caught the wide receiver’s wrath:
I was just standing there and I looked up, and in the blink of an eye he just punched me right in the mouth. Instantly my mouth is bleeding profusely, just blood coming out all over my jacket and stuff. I was scared. I didn't know what to do.
It's not fair for anybody to go around punching people just doing their job. I didn't say anything disrespectful to the lady. I didn't look at her or sexualize her in any way. I just looked in the direction and I got hit.
Morgan was apparently there with two women and thought Johnson looked at his companions.
Jennifer Donelan of ABC 7 in Washington D.C. provided fans with an update on the situation:
The parking valet said Morgan got mad when he looked in the direction of his girlfriend the parking valet says Morgan punched him in mouth— Jennifer Donelan (@ABC7Jennifer) April 28, 2014
Dianna Marie Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington D.C. provided Morgan’s point of view on the situation:
Josh Morgan tells me he is not worried this will be a problem because he knows and the other guy knows...nothing happened. #Bears— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) April 28, 2014
Morgan played for the Washington Redskins last season and totaled 214 receiving yards and zero touchdowns on only 20 receptions. On his career, Morgan has 2,488 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Bears issued a statement on their newest wide receiver, via NBC Washington: “We are aware of Josh Morgan’s presence at a weekend incident in Washington, D.C. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the event."
This certainly doesn’t help Morgan’s chances to make the team.
Chicago has Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery as two elite wide receivers, but Devin Hester parted ways with the team this offseason. That means there could be a potential spot on the depth chart for Morgan, but this situation will not help his cause, especially after the club signed veteran Domenik Hixon this offseason too.
Morgan, 28, has spent six years in the league but is not guaranteed of anything in Chicago after signing a one-year contract.
Check back for more updates as they develop.