August 28, 2009
Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall’s off-field episodes in the past 6½ months:
Feb. 5: While in Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl, becomes engaged to Michi Nogami.
March 1: Takes part in a fierce argument with his fiancé that leads to their arrest on disorderly conduct charges. The charges were dismissed the next day.
March 31: Undergoes hip surgery that will sideline him through the offseason.
May 21: Moves his rehab from Dove Valley to his adopted hometown of Orlando, Fla. Marshall’s message is that if the team doesn’t trust him enough to give him a long-term contract extension, he can’t trust the Broncos’ medical team that told him last season his hip injury wasn’t serious.
June 12: Doesn’t report for the first mandatory minicamp practice. Meets at noon with owner Pat Bowlen. Marshall informs Bowlen he desires a contract commensurate with his Pro Bowl status. Unsatisfied with Bowlen’s response, Marshall says he wants a trade. According to Marshall, Bowlen says he will honor his request. Marshall then carries three packed boxes to his car and speeds away.
July 27: To avoid a $15,888 daily fine, Marshall reports to training camp with rookies under contract and veterans coming off injuries.
Aug. 14: A six-person jury in Atlanta unanimously acquits Marshall on battery charges stemming from an incident the previous year with his former girlfriend, Rasheedah Watley.
Aug. 17: On the first business day after Marshall’s successful trial hearing, his agent, Kennard McGuire, walks into the team’s headquarters and reiterates the desire for Marshall to be traded.
Aug. 18: Marshall again plays the mistrust card by venting his displeasure at a P.R. staffer for telling Broncos players what to say when asked about Marshall’s trial victory.
Wednesday: After a meeting, Marshall acts petulantly during the team practice, most notably punting the ball away instead of handing it to a ball boy after a drill.
Thursday: The Broncos suspend Marshall for the rest of the preseason for conduct detrimental to the team.