Breaking News this morning on ESPN: Brandon Marshall, Wide Receiver of the Miami Dolphins, is currently in Intensive Care after being stabbed by his 26 year old wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, who was arrested Friday for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
We are seeing these things happen more and more in the NFL as Diva's with incredible talent choose to believe their status has made them invincible. They have the talent to get the money, the money to back up the attitude, and the attitude to cause serious rife, both on and off the field.
In 2006, Marshall, joined by teammates Javon Walker and Darrent Williams, attended a New Years' Eve party hosted by Denver Nuggets star Kenyon Martin at a nightclub called the "The Shelter". An argument between several people escalated, and the result left Williams dead with a gunshot wound to the neck. One of the instigators was Brandon Marshall.
In 2009 Marshall was suspended for the entire pre-season by the team for walking instead of running during practice drills, batting away passes, and punting the football in protest, demanding he be traded.
You cannot tell me that these events don't impact a locker room, players, coaches, or communities. The selfish attitudes that these players have, are not only detrimental to a team, but can instigate effects that devastate families for the rest of their lives.
Many on this site believe a team doesn't have to be all saints, you can have dirty, selfish, not-so-clean around the collar guys, who, as long as they have the talent, are welcome additions. And history have shown that teams don't have to be straight-laced to win. Pittsburgh has done quite a bit with several questionable characters. So have the Jets.
So it better to draft a player with character concerns, believing your team can make a difference for them, say for someone like Jonathon Baldwin, who is said to be comparable to Brandon Marshall, both in talent as a receiver and in attitude? Or is it best to take a player through Free Agency, one that you already know what you'll be getting, like with Marshall?
*NOTE: Marshall is making 47 Million over the next 4 years, with 24 million guaranteed. Do you think he's worth it?
Thats my question to you.