Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall dodged a bullet on Friday as a six-person jury acquitted him on charges of misdemeanor battery in Atlanta.
The charges stem from an incident on March 4, 2008, when his girlfriend, Rasheedah Watley, accused the receiver of hitting her in the mouth and grabbing her neck during a confrontation at Marshall’s downtown condo.
"It's been almost over a year and a half and I'm just happy that now, legally and emotionally we can move forward and hopefully get past this thing," Marshall told reporters outside the courtroom. "For me, I'm excited about the opportunity just to start over. It's a new life almost."
The news is also welcome relief for the Broncos, who open up their preseason schedule tonight in San Francisco.
Marshall, who has not participated in practice since Aug. 2, is expected to return to Denver and continue to rehab his surgically repaired hip - no word yet on a possible return date.
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