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Civil trial involving Brandon Marshall due to begin Tuesday

Brandon Marshall


Jets receiver Brandon Marshall had multiple off-field incidents early in his career. In recent years, he’s been a model citizen -- and he should be proud of that. However, there’s still one lingering issue from his past that needs to be resolved.

Via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the civil trial arising from an allegation that Marshall struck a woman in the face outside a New York nightclub in March 2012 was due to begin Tuesday morning. The plaintiff is seeking at least $75,000 in damages, which means that the ultimate verdict will be whatever the jury decides it should be -- subject to the ability of the trial judge and/or an appeals court to adjust it downward.

Christin Myles sued Marshall in 2013, alleging assault, batter, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Marshall was never arrested or charged for the incident.

Marshall previously has been suspended for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. A finding of liability in the civil lawsuit could expose Marshall to further scrutiny from the league office; however, the fact that the incident occurred before the Ray Rice situation should insulate Marshall from the more stringent penalties that the NFL put in place in December 2014.