Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was found not guilty in his misdemeanor battery case and thus won’t be suspended by the NFL for violating the league conduct policy.
The jury deliberated for about an hour before reaching the verdict on two counts of simple battery.
The case stemmed from a March 2008 argument with then-girlfriend Rasheedah Watley at Marshall's downtown Atlanta condominium.
Marshall was suspended for last year's season opener after a series of domestic disputes. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had said a conviction in the Atlanta case could have led to a second suspension.
Now that this is behind him, Marshall can concentrate on rehabbing his hip, which he had surgery on over the offseason. It’s also interesting to note that Marshall was complaining about his contract (he’s in the final year of his rookie deal) before his trial, and demanded that the Broncos trade him.
It’s uncertain whether or not his stance has changed on that subject.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have established the Broncos as 50/1 long shots to win Super Bowl XLIV and 20/1 to win the AFC Championship.
Posted: 8/14/09 7:50PM ET