Great news football fans! Did you hear? The NFL lockout has ended. Well, for now at least. Earlier today, in St. Paul, Minnesota, US District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted the players their injunction, which meant she lifted the lockout. Unfortunately for fans, the NFL immediately demanded for an appeal, which means this dispute between the players and owners is far from over.
Why did Nelson decide to lift the lockout? Nelson believed that the players presented a strong argument about how the lockout was causing “irreparable upon them”. ESPN reported that she also wrote, “The public ramifications of this dispute exceed the abstract principles of the antitrust laws, as professional football involves many layers of tangible economic impact.” No kidding. Imagine how much money the NFL would lose if there is no season this year. According to the website KGB answers, the NFL has estimated revenues of six billion dollars annually. Most of us can only dream of having that much money.
Even though it seems that the NFL is making progress to having a 2011-2012 season, there are still many issues that need to be settled. Next up is the hearing on whether or not players should receive damages from the owners over broadcast revenue. That’s on May 16th. In addition, there is the antitrust lawsuit where Tom Brady and Peyton Manning take on the owners, and the appeal on Nelson’s decision. The future of the 2011 NFL season seems grim, but at least now fans have hope.
The lockout is causing all kinds of problems for NFL players. According to a report from Sports Illustrated, ten players have been arrested during the lockout. Now you can start adding players’ wives to the list as well, after Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall was stabbed by his wife. Last night, in Southwest Ranches, Florida, emergency services were contacted after the stabbing with a 911 call from the Marshall residence. However, according to ESPN, emergency services were “turned away” when they offered a ride to the hospital. Instead one of Marshall’s friends, identity unknown at this time, drove him to Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. So what happened?
According to the Broward County police report, Marshall originally told police that he slipped and fell onto a broken glass vase. However, after further investigation, the Broward County police found out Brandon was lying after they could not find blood in the area described to them. They decided to ask Michi Nogami-Marshall, Brandon’s wife, a few questions to find out what really happened.
Nogami-Marshall confessed that she stabbed Brandon with a kitchen knife and claimed it was because of self-defense. As a result of this confession, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Broward County Sheriff’s office then arrested Nogami-Marshall, and charged her with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection of the stabbing. Self-defense, that rings a bell, doesn’t it?
CBS Sports columnist Mike Freeman noticed that Brandon Marshall has been in altercations with women before. In 2007, Marshall was arrested for domestic violence against then-girlfriend Rasheeda Watley. The charges were dropped, but then a year later he was accused of battery by Watley. According to ESPN, the Marshalls have a history of their own as well. In 2009, just weeks after getting engaged, they were seen hitting and kicking each other outside of Brandon’s condo in Atlanta, Georgia. What have we learned about Brandon?
Brandon Marshall is not a good “people” person. He has had disputes with multiple women, and he had issues in the NFL as well. Just look at the 2009-2010 season. First it was Marshall had a feud with former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. After quarterback Jay Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears, he wanted to be traded.
The Broncos refused to grant his wish, so Marshall rebelled by not showing any effort or desire to be a part of the team. Marshall was punished for his actions by being suspended for most of training camp. Later, in that same season, Marshall got into an altercation with teammate Knowshon Moreno during a game against the San Diego Chargers. After the running back fumbled at the goal line; the two players shoved each other and Marshall spit on Moreno. No class. To finish off the 2009-2010 season, Marshall was benched by McDaniels for insubordination. Last year, he was finally traded to the Miami Dolphins.
Marshall has been compared to Randy Moss. Both players are very talented receivers, and both are deemed “cancers” to the locker room. Is Marshall a cancer to his team? Yes, he has been too big of a distraction to his team with his incidents on and off the field; and he is not a good teammate. If Marshall does not get his act together, then he will be a cancer to society as well.
Images Courtesy of: Helmet2helmet.net (Brandon Marshall) and the Sun-Sentinel.com (Michi)