In light of the recent comments made by attorney Gloria Allred regarding Brandon Marshall’s past, Phil Emery said Marshall has the “full support of the Chicago Bears,” according to a report. Allegations were made by Allred accusing the NFL of ignoring Marshall’s domestic violence incidents back in 2007 and 2008.
“The Denver Broncos had knowledge of Brandon Marshall’s abusive behavior toward our daughter for over 2 1/2 years. In fact, I was contacted by the staff of the Denver Broncos over 1 1/2 years ago about an abusive incident by Brandon Marshall against our daughter Rasheedah, an incident that I had no knowledge of. I was asked by this staff member to give Mr. Marshall another chance, that he would be able to change. He did change; he became more abusive. I told commissioner Goodell that I had been in contact with the Broncos staff throughout this whole nasty affair in hopes that the Broncos would step in and help our daughter in this situation.” – Allred
This situation presents itself after domestic violence has become the hot topic in the NFL, even though it was seven years ago. Brandon Marshall was cleared of all charges that weren’t already dropped in his cases, so it’s clearly different than a public video of somebody knocking out their wife in an elevator.
Phil Emery spoke about it Wednesday (Sun-Times):
“We were aware of his personal background when we traded for him in 2012 and equally aware of the tremendous efforts he made to bring positive changes in his life and in the lives of all the people around him,” Emery said in a statement. “Since his arrival, Brandon has thrived in an environment that has been supportive.
“He has been a very positive, thoughtful and proactive leader and role model. He has acknowledged his past struggles and shared his story in an effort to help others improve their daily lives.
“Brandon has been at the forefront of mental health awareness and has extended himself in an unprecedented way to help fellow players across the NFL.
“He has helped himself through helping others and we are proud to have him as a teammate.”
It’s unfortunate that Marshall’s past gets dragged into the spotlight because of something Ray Rice did, but that’s the way today’s media works. We would expect Brandon to continue moving forward and put the past behind him, like he has for the last seven years.
Regardless of what Roger Goodell and the NFL did wrong, Marshall was cleared of all charges against him. This is about the NFL and their mistakes, Marshall has already dealt with his.
Leave the past in the past, changes need to be made for the future.
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