Brandon Marshall Just Gave A Very Compelling, Thoughtful Press Conference On Domestic Violence, His Past
Domestic violence. We often associate it with marital disputes, but the phrase really describes any physical resolution to a problem within our homes -- whether involving spouses, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children or pets. Brandon Marshall tried to make as much clear today at a 45-minute press conference that covered an awful lot of topics. Marshall, who was accused of domestic violence by longtime girlfriend Rasheedah Watley in 2007, tried to set the record straight after Watley's friend and attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference detailing the abuse and its subsequent handling.
[NBC Chicago] “I called Roger Goodell to see if he could speak some sense into Brandon. Mr. Goodell told me that he would look into the incident. A few weeks later, I emailed him with the same concerns. I never received a call from him or the NFL as a victim regarding my fear and concerns. A few months after, the NFL stated that Brandon Marshall would get a 3 game suspension; however, it was reduced to a 1 day suspension by the time the season began.
“Roger Goodell and the NFL have failed me as a victim … How many women will have to die or pass on the abuse from themselves to their children, who will either become victims themselves or perpetrators.”
Marshall attempted to clear the air, admitting fault and taking 75% responsibility for doing "terrible things" while pointing out that Watley herself had been abusive, often biting and scratching him. He also claimed that Watley's family attempted to extort him several times, and that once, another woman had run to a neighbor's house claiming Marshall had raped her after he alleges to have kicked her out for being drunk.
Suffice it to say that the details of his past seem to be murky and unseemly at the same time. He's very aware of this.
Marshall also accused ESPN of misrepresenting his role in what clearly was a dysfunctional relationship. He even read testimony from the couple's 2007 trial, whereby a therapist detailed their personal account of mediating both parties, saying that Watley often became angry during sessions, and admitted she was violent herself.
Finally, at the end of the press conference, the Bears' wide receiver was asked about corporal punishment, to which he acknowledged having been whipped with an extension cord by his grandmother. He then went on to say that he does not believe in solving problems with physical violence, and that he "can't wait" for the day that his children get into a fight and he can explain to them how to resolve an issue by talking it out.
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