Brandon Marshall traded after face-punch allegation, Perrish Cox signs with 49ers
It's a busy time on the "Former Broncos who have spent a lot of time in court" beat. Perrish Cox, fresh from being acquitted of a sex crime, has landed a two-year contract with the 49ers, while Brandon Marshall was traded by Miami to Chicago in what some initially theorized was an attempt by the Dolphins to clear cap space for Peyton Manning. But after news broke that Marshall is being accused of punching a woman in the face at a NYC nightclub, the "Marshall is a one-man shit-storm" theory is gaining steam.
Marshall, who you might remember from catching a lot of balls, being accused of domestic violence and allegedly getting stabbed by his wife, has not been charged, but a woman filed a complaint Monday night and New York Police are investigating the incident, which allegedly occurred early Sunday outside a nightclub in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York.
The New York Post first revealed details of the incident, reporting that Marshall and another unnamed football player got into an argument, which prevented Christin Myles, who was celebrating her birthday, from returning to her party. She later met up her friends, who were then arguing with Marshall outside, according the the Post.
At that point, Marshall allegedly punched Myles in the left eye, although it is unclear if he intended to hit her or one of her friends. Marshall's lawyer -- Harvey Steinberg, the busy man who recently helped Cox win acquittal -- released the following statement denying Marshall's involvement in the altercation:
Brandon Marshall was the keynote speaker at a charitable event in New York. After the event was over he, his wife and close friends attended a function at a local club. While at the function a fight broke out NOT involving Mr. Marshall or his friends.
Steinberg stated that while leaving the club, Marshall's wife was struck in the eye with a bottle and suffered injuries requiring hospitalization. He added that Marshall would cooperate with the investigation.
New Bears General Manager Phil Emery said he was aware of the incident while negotiating the trade and is happy to have the receiver.
In Chicago, Marshall will be re-united with another former-Bronco, quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears will surrender two third-round draft picks to Miami in exchange for the Pro-Bowl receiver. All Chicago needs to do now is swing a deal for former Bronco and current Cleveland Brown running back Peyton Hillis, and it will have all the quality offensive talent Josh McDaniels jettisoned during his terrible tenure in Denver.
As for the 49ers, the team appears to be only signing troubled players who weren't active in the league last year, as Cox will join wide receiver Randy Moss in the Bay. Cox was cut by the Broncos in 2011 year and spent last season with his family and working out in Waco, Texas.
Perrish Cox's mug shots.
"I want to thank everybody for giving me the chance to actually express myself and go out and have dinner with the owner and the GM so they could figure out what kind of guy I am," Cox told ESPN of his meeting with 49ers brass. "I've worked hard through this whole process. Like I was telling them, whatever happened happened, and I took full responsibility for my actions. But it will never happen again, ever again. I'm a positive guy, and if I can help in any way, I want to be there to help."
Cox was found not guilty of two counts of sexual assault earlier this month largely because Steinberg was able to discredit the accuser's account of a night on Labor Day weekend in 2010 that left her pregnant, even though she had no recollection of having sex. DNA evidence showed Cox was the father of a child that was later aborted, but Steinberg was able to convince the jury the night was a drunken haze that no one remembered in a credible way.
San Francisco seems unconcerned about the character issues the sexual assault accusation implies.
"We are pleased to add Perrish to our team," general manager Trent Baalke told ESPN. "As an organization, from ownership on down, we have done our due diligence and are confident that Perrish will be a positive contributor to the 49ers, as well as our community."
Cox is not sure what his role on the team will be, but Marshall should become Cutler's top target. When the two played together here, Marshall put up back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008 with over 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards.
In addition to getting rid of a magnet for violence, Miami's decision to surrender its top receiver might signal that it is going into rebuilding mode rather than chasing Manning, which would mean the Broncos are competing with one fewer team for his services.
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