Bears say they were aware of Brandon Marshall incident

As police in New York continue to sort through an investigation after a woman accused Brandon Marshall of punching her in the face Sunday, the Chicago Bears assert they were aware of the situation prior to a trade.

Just minutes into the start of the new league year on Tuesday, the Bears traded two third-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the very talented yet often troubled wide receiver. Late Tuesday night, news of the altercation outside a New York nightclub spread.

"Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend,” new Chicago general manager Phil Emery said in the statement released this morning . “We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”

It would be rather embarrassing for the Bears if Marshall is implicated in this matter and winds up facing a suspension from the NFL.

Emery, in his introductory news conference in January at Halas Hall, said he places high value on character.

“Moving forward when you’re looking at players, you’re looking at tools that they have, the physical skills or talents that they have and the traits they have or their character, their work ethic, passion, reliability, accountability, the type of people they are to the community,” Emery said.

Marshall has a long list of off-field issues, and has twice been arrested for suspicion of domestic violence. Marshall was involved in a fight at a Denver night club that eventually sparked a shooting that killed former Denver Broncos teammate Darrent Williams.

His issues date back to when he was at Central Florida and was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer. In March 2007, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after he was accused of preventing a taxi his girlfriend was in from leaving his residence. Charges were dropped after he completed an anger management course. In October 2007, he was arrested for DUI in Colorado and eventually pleaded it down to driving while impaired.

The Rocky Mountain News reported sheriff’s deputies were called to Marshall’s home 11 times in a 2 1/2-year span. In 2008, he put his arm through a television set, a story he originally explained by saying he slipped on a McDonald’s wrapper. He was charged with misdemeanor battery in March 2008 in Atlanta and eventually found not guilty in court.

In March 2009, he was charged with disorderly conduct following a disagreement with his fianc

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