New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has been accused of hitting a woman in a 2012 brawl, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, and is due in court this April over the alleged incident.
There are currently no other details to report, though given the time gap between the alleged incident and the woman’s pursuit of justice one could come to the conclusion anything that did happen would be difficult to prove.
That said, any kind of trial or negative press is bad for football players, who have their entire lives subjected to public scrutiny. Furthermore, because of their elevated financial status, sometimes athletes are faced with fraudulent claims by people interested in their money.
It’s impossible to know what happened between Marshall and the woman who is alleging he hit her.
Marshall did at one time have a rash of emotional outbursts that affected his football career before realizing he was dealing with borderline personality disorder. From 2007 through 2011 he was involved in number of off-field incidents that got him into trouble, including drunk driving and domestic violence. He received a three-game suspension by the league in 2008 for those issues.
However, since being diagnosed in 2011 with borderline personality disorder, Marshall appears to have turned his life around and has become quite an advocate for mental health awareness.
Marshall is coming off a career year with the Jets in which he caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards with 14 touchdowns.