Posted: 8:55 am Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall tried to take blame for stabbing, but wife arrested on charges of aggravated battery
By Post Staff
The wife of Dolphins star receiver Brandon Marshall has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing Marshall late Friday. The charge is a second degree felony. Michi Nogami-Marshall posted bond of $7,500 and was released from Broward County jail around 2 p.m. Saturday, while Marshall was released from Broward General Hospital around the same time, according to his publicist.
Marshall was hospitalized last night and sent to the intensive care unit after being stabbed. According to a Broward County Sheriff’s arrest report, Nogami-Marshall said she stabbed Marshall in the abdomen with a kitchen knife out of self defense. Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, said Marshall is expected to be OK and make a full recovery in two to three weeks.
Marshall initially tried to shield his wife from responsibility. When officers arrived at his Southwest Ranches home around 7:40 p.m., Marshall said in a sworn statement that the injury occurred when he slipped and fell on a broken glass vase. But officers did not find any blood in the immediate area to substantiate his claim.
Marshall’s best friend and former college teammate, Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker, said on his Twitter account, “Brandon will be ok and is in good spirits preciate the prayers and concerns!”
“This is a very difficult time for Brandon and family,” McGuire said in a statement. “Thankfully he will make a full recovery, we simply ask that his privacy is respected.”
The Dolphins released a comment Saturday morning, but could not say much because of the NFL lockout:
“We are aware of the report and our thoughts are with Brandon at this time. We will look into the matter, but because we are not allowed contact with our players, we will have no further comment at this time.”
For Marshall, this is the second scary injury he has endured during his five-year professional career. In March 2008, Marshall sustained right forearm lacerations to one artery, one vein, one nerve, two tendons and three muscles after crashing through a glass table while horsing around with a cousin at his home in Denver. Marshall eventually recovered, but later said he played the entire 2008 season with numbness in his right hand.
Marshall, 27, just completed his first year of a four-year, $47.5 million contract, with $24 million guaranteed, that he signed with Miami. The Dolphins gave up two second-round picks for him in a trade last April, and he responded with 87 catches for 1,014 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.
While he often found trouble in Denver — the forearm injury, a DUI arrest, several fights with his coaches, his involvement in a New Year’s Eve fight that led to the shooting death of Darrent Williams — last night’s stabbing was Marshall’s first incident since coming to Miami last April.
Marshall married Nogami-Marshall last summer after the trade. The two had been college sweethearts at University of Central Florida. On March 1, 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight with Nogami-Marshall, but the charges were dropped the next day.
Marshall purchased a $4.15 million home in Southwest Ranches in December.