George McCaskey doesn’t like to think about new Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall being on a short leash.
The club’s chairman of the board isn’t comfortable with the term. But he does have expectations that Marshall, whose career has been littered with off-field issues in the past, conduct himself in a certain way. Marshall has repeatedly been accused of violence against women, and has previously served an NFL suspension for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
The Bears traded two third-round draft picks to acquire the three-time Pro Bowl performer two weeks ago, and they’re hoping a change of scenery makes a world of difference for Marshall, who publicly spoke about efforts he is taking to battle borderline personality disorder, which he was diagnosed with last summer.
“He is a human being,” McCaskey told Dan Pompei. “He knows what his responsibilities are. His teammates and coaches will set the expectations for him and provide a stable environment for him, and he's going to do his part.
“When I met him, I welcomed him to the Bears family and told him we were very excited to have him. And I told him being part of the Bears family carries with it certain privileges and also carries with it certain obligations. He said he understands.”
McCaskey said he informed his mother, Virginia McCaskey, about Marshall after the trade was completed. She is the daughter of George Halas and the matriarch of the organization.
“I'm encouraged because he has spoken very candidly and very courageously about his condition,” George McCaskey said. “He recognizes the need for proper maintenance and a stable environment and strong personalities to guide him. I think we have the environment and personalities.”
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