Opinion: Marshall to blame for incident with wife



Michael Moses

Michael Moses

Brandon Marshall, star wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was stabbed in the stomach this weekend by his wife. Funny thing is it’s not the first time a partner pulled a kitchen knife on him.

He’s been labeled as a thug his entire career. This has to be the tipping point. Since coming into the league from Central Florida in 2006, Marshall has been arrested for domestic violence, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct. Even prior to coming to the NFL, Marshall was seen as trouble. He was arrested in 2004 in Orlando on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, refusal to obey, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Remember Darrent Williams, the Denver Broncos cornerback that was gunned down in a limousine after Kenyon Martin’s birthday party on New Year’s Eve, 2007? Yep, young Brandon Marshall was with him.

By 2009, Marshall wore out his welcome in Denver. The Broncos traded him to Miami for a pair of draft picks.

For this weekend’s incident, it seems like he is the victim — but after listening to his past, is it not harder to give this man the benefit of the doubt? Don’t worry, by the time you’re done reading this, you won’t.

In an ESPN Outside the Lines segment, Marshall’s longtime ex-girlfriend, Rasheeda Whatley, was interviewed about their troubled past. Horror stories included Marshall blocking in a taxi cab driver with his car, then approaching the cab and slamming on the windows for Whatley to get out of the car. The Denver Broncos were aware of the allegations, and had a front office member call Whatley’s parents. Not to apologize, but to ask for their forgiveness of Brandon and give him a second chance.

Then came another fight in June 2007, this time at their condo in Atlanta. Whatley grabbed a kitchen knife for protection. “He came at me, we were wrestling, and the next thing I know my leg was bleeding like crazy,” she explains. As Whatley and her friend were exiting for the hospital shortly after the incident, both females saw Marshall waiting outside the condominium complex in his SUV. Whatley’s friend decided to block Marshall in to give police time to get to the scene.

That didn’t stop Marshall from ramming the back of their car and grabbing a rock before approaching the vehicle. A frantic 911 call records this entire incident.

That’s not all. There’s more.

In March 2008, Whatley was found with “several cuts on her lips” in their apartment. Marshall was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery.

There was also a copy of an e-mail that was brought up in court. Regarding a black eye Whatley received, Marshall mentioned, “Your eye, I don’t even remember how that happened, all I know is that I came in drunk playing and it got serious.” No, really? Yep, this guy is definitely innocent. “I was triggered by you yelling and I lost control,” he went on. Classy, Brandon.

According to this police report, Marshall’s wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, 26, stabbed him in self-defense. It may look like this was a case of a crazy woman, but after looking deeper into Marshall’s past it becomes more and more sketchy. We’re not done hearing about this incident — there’s a lot more coming.

As they say, there are two sides to every story. Brandon Marshall has had way too many stories.