Williams’ murder may be reason Marshall wants out

Brandon Marshall‘s rocky relationship with the Denver Broncos has been well documented since before the regular season, when the wideout, publicly feuding with management for a new contract, was suspended for the end of the preseason.

More drama would follow, as Marshall was benched for the team’s regular-season finale against the Chiefs.

And while Marshall’s contentious relationship with coach Josh McDaniels has led many to speculate the receiver will ultimately be traded this offseason, Mike Klis of The Denver Post attributes Marshall’s discomfort in Denver to the murder of teammate Darrent Williams. Marshall was with Williams and other Broncos teammates minutes before Williams was murdered in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2007. An altercation outside of a nightclub the players were attending allegedly led to Williams’ limousine being riddled with bullets, one of which killed him.

As Marshall prepares to take the witness stand in Williams’ murder trial, Klis speculates that the emotional scars of that night have plagued Marshall’s stay in Denver

I have never spoken to Marshall about that tragic night of Dec. 31, 2006-Jan. 1, 2007. I have spoken to several people close to Marshall, and they all say Williams’ murder continues to torment him.

Besides lasting grief, he has endured guilt, even though he wasn’t in Williams’ limousine that had driven away just a few short blocks from the nightclub when it became riddled with bullets. The killing left Marshall frightened, which may explain why he has never spoken about that night publicly, at least not knowingly.

Some more notes from Around the Web on a Sunday:

  • Giants DT Barry Cofield, a restricted free agent, said “odds are” he will be a Giant in 2010.
  • WR Deion Branch, having recovered himself from a torn ACL, feels Wes Welker‘s pain, but said the Patriots receiver will ultimately get back to normal after an arduous rehab process.
  • While the Panthers’ decision on whether or not to franchise Julius Peppers is a source of discussion, linebacker Thomas Davis will run on grass Monday, which marks the first time since his knee injury.
  • A jazz funeral was held in New Orleans for the brown paper bag that came to symbolize the now extinct “Aints”
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