With Brandon Marshall stabbed on Friday night by his wife, the incident adds to the long history of domestic incidents for the Dolphins receiver. But no one had been stabbed before, although Marshall had been in heated altercations several times in the last few years. He was acquitted of battery charges from an incident with then-girlfriend Rasheedah Watley almost two years ago. However, his current wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, has been arrested for an altercation that went one step further.
Nogami-Marshall is charged with stabbing her husband on Friday night, and is being held on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the Denver Post. As for Marshall, the Dolphins’ wideout is in intensive care in Miami-Broward General Hospital. He had claimed earlier that he merely fell on a broken vase, but police couldn’t substantiate it — and in their report, Nogami-Marshall allegedly claimed she acted in self-defense.
To onlookers, something like this may have been inevitable, given past actions and incidents. A few years ago, Marshall and then-girlfriend Watley were involved in several domestic matters, including the trail for battery that ended in August 2009. By the time he was acquitted, he was engaged to Nogami — although they were arrested on disorderly conduct three weeks after getting engaged.
On the field, Marshall has also been through a series of roller coasters. In spite of catching 101 passes in 2009 — and a record 21 in one game — the Broncos traded him to Miami a year ago. There, he caught 86 passes, although it was the first time since his rookie year in 2006 that he caught less than 100 balls.
The stabbing was reportedly not life threatening, as sources tell ESPN that he will fully recover in two to three weeks. That is a favorable time table for him to play again, although there’s no field to return to nowadays.
The NFL has been drowning in headlines about the lockout, and about how the season as a whole is being threatened. Even next week’s draft has been overshadowed by the labor dispute, and it was the league’s best hope to have buzz about something other than the lockout for a while. Yet headlines about Marshall getting stabbed, and being in another domestic incident, isn’t the kind of nonlockout story they were looking for.
If there is more to Nogami-Marshall’s self defense claims, it would put the receiver’s on-field career in new doubt. The Broncos let him go in spite of his noteworthy stats, and now the Dolphins have to hope that their risk in taking him will still be worth it.
In the meantime, he is focused on healing at the moment, while his wife is still being held by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
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