Posted: 3:45 pm Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate Brandon Marshall incident after lockout for possible violation of personal conduct policy
By Post Staff
Though Brandon Marshall appeared to be the victim when he was allegedly stabbed by his wife on April 22, the Dolphins’ star receiver is still being monitored by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, anyway.
Goodell, in Indianapolis wrapping up a three-day set of owners’ meetings, said today that “We are aware of the incident, and certainly we will follow that incident,” while noting that he has not yet spoken with Marshall.
As a follow-up, Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez asked Goodell if it is considered a violation of the personal conduct policy if a player does not cooperate with a police investigation.
“It’s a hypothetical, but I would tell you that we do expect anyone involved with a legal issue to cooperate with law enforcement,” Goodell said.
The Broward County state attorney’s office released a statement yesterday that its investigation has currently stalled because Marshall has not agreed to voluntarily speak about the incident.
League spokesman Greg Aiello further clarified that, “We have said that when the players return, any potential violations of the conduct policy will be reviewed for possible discipline.”
It is important to note that just because the league is monitoring the situation does not mean that Marshall will eventually be punished. The key words from Aiello are potential and possible, because right now the league has not determined if the incident does or does not violate the personal conduct policy. But it is ceratinly noteworthy that Goodell and Co. are monitoring the situation, because Marshall, 27, has run afoul of the conduct policy before.
Marshall, entering his second season with the Dolphins, was suspended for one game in 2008 and docked two game checks while a member of the Denver Broncos for a multitude of off-field issues, including a DUI and several domestic violence incidents.
If Marshall continues to not speak with authorities in his current case, it will be nearly impossible for investigators to move forward with the case, and charges likely wouldn’t be filed against Michi Nogami-Marshall, his wife of 13 months. But the league could still intervene with punishment if Goodell deems any of Marshall’s actions detrimental to the league. The fact that Marshall has already been punished once by Goodell certainly does not help his case.
In last month’s arrest report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Nogami-Marshall told investigators that she stabbed Marshall “out of self defense.” Marshall also initially lied in his sworn statement, saying that he suffered his wound after falling on a broken vase.
Marshall’s stomach wound has since healed and he hopes to join his teammates this week at their informal workouts at Nova High.