Brandon Marshall learned a lesson

Updated: May 19, 2012, 11:52 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall indicated Friday on ESPN's "First Take" that he has learned from an altercation that occurred outside a New York City nightclub in March that led to an investigation but no criminal charges.

Marshall was accused of punching a woman during the altercation, but on Thursday, his attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said the New York City police had decided against charging the receiver.

A spokesman for the New York City Police Department told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that they are still investigating the complaint. Police Det. Brian Sessa said Thursday that the case is still open.

Prior to the incident, Marshall said he often rationalized his attendance at nightclubs as "what you're supposed to do to enjoy life."

"Before this situation, I thought, hey, I'm still young. I want to enjoy life," Marshall said. "We have no kids yet. So let's enjoy each other. This is my wife's and my conversation prior to this incident.

It's, 'Hey, let's enjoy each other before we have children. We're finally on the right page. So before we bring children into this world, let's enjoy each other. So when the children come, we can focus on them.' "

During the altercation at Manhattan's Marquee club, Marshall was alleged to have punched Christin Myles, 24.

Steinberg denied that Marshall or any of his friends were involved in a fight, and added the receiver was attempting to leave the club after a fight broke out in which he and his wife were hit with a bottle.

The fact Marshall had been involved in other off-field incidents heightened the suspicion of the receiver's involvement, but authorities have cleared him of any wrongdoing.

"After this, I turned to my wife, and this is spiritually. I even talked to God, and I'm saying, 'What are you trying to tell me here?' " Marshall said. "In every situation, we learn something. We contribute to every situation. But we also learn from every situation. And in that, my wife turned to me and said, 'Maybe it's time for us to stop walking in slippery places.' "

Traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Bears in March, Marshall also described what he considers somewhat of a "tug of war" between professional athletes and their desire "to enjoy life."

"What I would say in a worldly answer is there will be a tug of war between, you know what, there's fame, there's money. This is what you're supposed to do to enjoy life, you know?" Marshall said. "That's kind of the environment, so to speak, that NFL athletes or professional athletes we put ourselves in. That's supposed to be the lifestyle."

Marshall said he and his wife weren't actually partaking in some of the elements of "the lifestyle" when the incident occurred at the nightclub.

"In this incident, it wasn't a party," Marshall said. "It wasn't something that was we're out clubbing or drinking or things like that."

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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