First of all, I am relieved to hear that Brandon Marshall will apparently be okay after he was reportedly stabbed by his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall. In fact, sources have reported that Marshall will be fully recovered in two to three weeks. I didn't know you could recover from being stabbed in the stomach that quickly, but that is clearly good news.
Everything else related to this issue is not good news for Marshall or the Miami Dolphins.
First, according to the police report Nogami-Marshall claimed that she acted in self-defense, which supports the notion that Marshall was not merely a victim in this case. Although, the Miami Herald is reporting sources have told the Dolphins "Marshall was not violent in response to the stabbing."
Second, Marshall is reported to have given a sworn statement that he slipped and fell on a broken glass vase. Police could not substantiate this and speculation is that he was covering for his wife's actions. Regardless, a stabbing is a serious incident and the ripple effects will not end today, or in a week or in a month.
While we have very little idea as to what actually occurred on Friday night because neither party was willing to provide much detail (and probably never will), Marshall has a lengthy history of domestic violence issues, chronicled here by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Not only does this latest incident open up Marshall to scrutiny under the NFL's personal conduct policy, but it really does beg the question for the Dolphins of whether Marshall will ever be trouble-free.
Right now, Miami is hamstrung because the lockout makes current player movement impossible. What's worse is that the Dolphins can't even reach out to Marshall because of the rules prohibiting player contact.
Profootballtalk.com has reported that when the labor impasse ends Miami has the option of cutting ties with Marshall for $3 million due to the language of his contract.
While that seems highly unlikely given that Miami traded two second-round picks to Denver and that Marshall is the team's best offensive threat by far, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Dolphins will have had enough of the former Central Florida product.
Whether Marshall is simply a victim in this latest incident might be irrelevant because of the viewpoint that he is a ticking time bomb who will eventually wind up in prison, or dead—much like former teammate and friend Darrent Williams.
So, here Miami is five days before the 2011 draft and they now have a new possible area of need. The team already needed a downfield receiver with deep speed, but getting a true No. 1 receiver is a much more difficult task.
In addition, the team will be under a tremendous amount of public relations pressure to draft "character" players after Marshall's stabbing. This comes at a time when much of the media and fanbase is clamoring for a great draft to support the notion that the front office should remain in place.
If the Dolphins must shy away from even the most minimal character concerns, then it’s possible that they will be taking some very talented players off of their draft board.
Again, thankfully Marshall will be all right this time.
It's what's to come that could be troubling.