Report: Brandon Marshall in fight
Updated: March 14, 2012, 4:53 AM ET
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Just four days before being traded to his third NFL team, new Bears receiver Brandon Marshall was involved in an incident at a New York City nightclub.
Marshall, dealt by Miami to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, was at a New York club early Sunday morning when, law-enforcement sources told The New York Post, the Pro Bowl wideout allegedly got into an argument with a group of friends celebrating a birthday at the club.
According to The Post, Christin Myles, the woman celebrating a birthday, briefly left an upper floor at roughly 4 a.m. ET. Upon returning, the paper reported, Myles was told to wait because Marshall allegedly was involved in a fight with an unnamed football player and both players were being thrown out of the club.
Myles eventually met with her friends outside, The Post said, and found the 6-foot-4 Marshall and the unnamed player arguing with her group. Marshall then allegedly punched Myles in the left eye, leaving her with a black eye, according to The Post. The paper also said it wasn't clear if Marshall intentionally struck Myles or if he meant to hit one of her friends.
The Post said Myles filed a report about the incident and police told the paper that the only report regarding the fight cites Marshall as a perpetrator.
Marshall's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said in a statement early Wednesday morning that Marshall and his friends were not involved in the melee.
"Brandon Marshall was the key note speaker at a charitable event in New York. After the event was over he, his wife and close friends attended a function at a local club," the statement said. "While at the function a fight broke out NOT involving Mr. Marshall or his friends."
Steinberg said that while Marshall and his wife were attempting to leave the club, Marshall's wife was hit in the face with a bottle and suffered "serious" injuries that required hospitalization.
Steinberg said Marshall would cooperate with the investigation.
Marshall has had numerous run-ins with the law entering the NFL in 2006 and Sunday's incident comes less than a year since Marshall's wife was arrested after he was stabbed in the abdomen with a kitchen knife during a domestic dispute. Charges were later dropped.
Marshall previously wore out his welcome in Denver, partly because of a long legal record. He was involved in a New Year's Eve fight that led to the 2007 drive-by slaying of Broncos teammate Darrent Williams.
The NFL also suspended Marshall three games in 2008 for violating the league's personal conduct policy , only to reduce the suspension to one game that August.
Marshall's history of arrests also includes disorderly conduct, drunken driving, and a number of incidents of alleged domestic violence.
If the NFL investigates this incident and finds Marshall violated the league's personal conduct policy, he could be subject to discipline. Under the player conduct policy, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the power to suspend players for repeated bad behavior off the field.