Brandon Marshall to Appear in Court over 2012 Incident: Latest Details, Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2016

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall talks to the media as the team clears out their lockers at the team's NFL football training facility, Monday, Jan.4, 2016, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall will have a court appearance from April 5-7 stemming from a 2012 brawl in which a woman says he hit her. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Marshall's trial date in New York Southern District Court.  

In March 2012, Kirstan Conley of the New York Post reported Marshall was involved in an alleged incident at a nightclub in Chelsea "when he got into an argument with a group of friends celebrating a birthday."

Per Conley's report, Christin Myles and her friends were arguing with Marshall and another, unnamed football player outside of the club when she alleges he "cold-cocked (her) in the left eye."

Conley noted it "wasn’t clear if (Marshall) allegedly intended to strike her or one of her pals."

Marshall's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, told the Conley about Marshall's side of the alleged altercation:

While attempting to leave to avoid the melee, [Marshall’s wife] was struck in the face by a thrown bottle. She suffered serious injury. The mayhem continued outside. 

Finally Mr. Marshall was able to take his wife to the hospital where she was treated for serious injuries. Mr. Marshall is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter.

Steinberg did not specifically address whether Marshall threw a punch or not. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in May 2012 police in New York were close to ending their investigation into the alleged incident, with Schefter citing sources as saying, "It's likely there will be no charges filed and the case will be closed."

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted it's a civil trial, not a criminal trial, and speculated Marshall could face punishment from the NFL if he's found to be responsible. However, since the alleged altercation is said to have happened before the new personal conduct policy was put in place two years ago, he would not necessarily be subject to increased penalties. 

The alleged incident was reported the day after Marshall was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears. He played three seasons with the Bears before being traded to the Jets last March.