For all his talents on the field, Marshall has had several run-ins with police and visits to commissioner Roger Goodell's office to discuss his off-the-field behavior. He was suspended for the 2008 opener following a series of domestic disputes involving a former girlfriend.
In February, an emotional Marshall was a witness in the murder trial of Willie Clark, who was convicted in the 2007 drive-by slaying of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.
Last summer, Marshall was suspended by the team for throwing a tantrum at practice during training camp. The source of his frustration was twofold: he was upset with the team's medical staff for misdiagnosing a hip injury that required offseason surgery and he was displeased with his contract. (following courtesy CBS Sports.com)
Now, let's fast forward to a few weeks ago, right after Ronnie Brown's DUI:
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano expressed displeasure with RB Ronnie Brown, CB Will Allen, and DT Tony McDaniel after recent arrests."I'm obviously not happy with any of this," Sparano said. "Any time any player brings a negative light to the organization in any way, I'm not happy about it. Those things have been addressed." All three players were present for the team's voluntary workouts on Monday, and Sparano said the Dolphins will allow the legal process run its course before doling out disciplinary measures. Mar. 23 - 5:42 pm et (courtesy AP)
Sing along with me now: "One of these things is not like the other..." So why is it that Sparano signed off on this? Well, back up to a few days ago:
The Dolphins are looking for playmakers at wide receiver, but coach Tony Sparano didn’t sound like a man who’s eager to make a move for either of the two biggest names available — Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall.“I don’t know if they make sense for our ballclub, one way or the other,” Sparano said Tuesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting, adding that, “I’m happy with the group of players I have right now.” (courtesy NFL.com)
Huh? So what the heck's going on? Oh, yeah. Here it is:
But football czar Bill Parcells, who has final say on personnel matters in Miami, has never shied away from talented-but-troubled wide receivers, working with Terry Glenn in New England, Keyshawn Johnson in New York and Terrell Owens in Dallas. (again, CBS Sports.com)
Got it now. Sparano says, "Arrests bad". Tuna says, "Catch ball, good". That also explains this litle note:
Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.'s days with the Miami Dolphins could be numbered if the team can find someone interested in a player with just five touchdown catches since he was the No. 9 pick in 2007.
Citing two NFL executives as sources, The NFL Network reported Tuesday the Dolphins are looking to trade Ginn, but might have trouble finding many suitors. (Courtesy Palm Beach Post)
Any one remember that 2007 draft? I remember screaming, "Quinn! He said Quinn, didn't he? Tell me he didn't say Ginn!"
Now tell me, with Marshall in Miami and Brady Quinn in Denver (watching Orton play? Really?), that we haven't screwed up again.