Updated March 14 at 9:13 a.m. ET
Less than 24 hours after becoming the focus of the start of free agency with his trade to the Bears, WR Brandon Marshall has made his way into the headlines for a different reason: another off-field run-in with police.
Marshall allegedly struck a woman at a nightclub in the Chelsea section of New York City early Sunday morning, the New York Post reported early Wednesday morning.
The alleged victim, Christin Myles, 24, filed a police report.
Marshall's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, released the following statement about the incident:
"On March 12, 2012 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.
"While at the function a fight broke out NOT involving Mr. Marshall or his friends. While attempting to leave to avoid the melee Mrs. Marshall was struck in the face by a thrown bottle. She suffered serious injury.
"While attempting to leave and take his wife to the hospital, the mayhem continued outside. Finally Mr. Marshall was able to take his wife to the hospital where she was treated for serious injuries.
Mr. Marshall is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter."
According to the Post article, however, police said the only report filed in connection with that night names Marshall as a perpetrator. A bouncer at the nightclub reportedly said there initially was a fight between two football players at the club prior to Marshall allegedly striking the woman.
On Wednesday morning, Bears GM Phil Emery issued a statement, saying he and the team were aware of this conflict when they traded for the receiver.
"Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend. We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear."
The way we see it
This report is not a good omen for Marshall's future with the Bears, who had initially created a positive vibe with their aggressive move to address one of their bigger weaknesses entering the free-agent signing period. Marshall has a history of off-field problems of various types, as well as periodic difficulties fitting into a team-oriented atmosphere, and this incident, if it happened as reported, would be further evidence that his behavior will continue to be problematic.
That behavior was a primary reason why the Broncos shipped him off to Miami for two second-round draft choices two years ago, and it was one of the reasons why the Dolphins were willing to deal him to the Bears for what initially appeared to be a below-market price.
If proven true, this incident could cause NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to consider a fine or suspension for Marshall under the league's personal-conduct policy.