Call for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign comes from father of woman abused by Chicago Bears star
Former Central Florida star and current Miami Dolphin wide receiver Brandon Marshall is pictured on the sidelines during the UCF Football 2010 Spring Game at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, April 17, 2010. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
@AnthonyGKalla: @BMarshall idk if you saw this on ig but here's a reminder http://t.co/GYT7hj3mWe
I give you 5k to get in a ring with me.
@BMarshall that's it? Cmon brandy make it 25 and we can do it in Detroit
If I lose I'll give you another 10k. If I win you have to serve a 100 hours at an orphanage.
"@AnthonyGKalla: @BMarshall that's it? Cmon brandy make it 25 and we can do it in Detroit"
And you have to apologize to my mom.
Deal or no deal bro? This is your chance to back up your talk and make 25k.
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Clarence Watney, father of Rasheedah Watney, who he claims was abused by NFL star Brandon Marshall, speaks at a press conference in Atlanta on September 17, 2014. (Image framegrab courtesy of: Fox 5 Atlanta)
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks at a news conference in Atlanta on Sept. 17. (Image framegrab courtesy of: Fox 5 Atlanta)
Kristeena Spivey claims she contacted the NFL on multiple occasions to report instances of physical abuse by Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall against then girlfriend Rasheedah Watney. (Image framegrab courtesy of: Fox 5 Atlanta)
Kristeena Spivey speaks at press conference in Atlanta on Sept. 17, 2014. (Image framegrab courtesy of: Fox 5 Atlanta)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a touchdown during the third quarter of their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears plays against the Buffalo Bills on September 7, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 22: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 34-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 8, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 34-28. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins reacts during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins catches a pass during a NFL game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 04: receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oakland 34-14. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall is crushed at mid field and can not hold on to the ball with seconds left in the game vs the Oakland Raiders at Invesco Field at Mile High Sunday, December 20, 2009. Joe Amon/ The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
AURORA, CO--JUNE 18TH 2009-- Denver Bronco's Brandon Marshall, gets the kids fired up during his C15 Football Skills Camp at Overland High School Thursday afternoon. Five hundred area boys and girls attended the camp, a two day camp-Thursday and Friday, which included speed and agility, offensive skills stations, team play, defensive stations and autograph sessions. THE DENVER POST/ANDY CROSS (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 6: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos has a pass knocked away by Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs on December 6, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall makes another one handed catch being defended by the New York Giants' Corey Webster, left, during the third quarter of play Thursday Nov. 26, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High. HYOUNG CHANG/ THE DENVER POST (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, of Team Rice, cradles the football after catching a pass during Pro Bowl Football practice at Kapolei High School, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
ORLANDO, FL- SEP 24: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #6 of the University of Central Florida runs a pass route against Marshall University at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on September 24, 2005. The Golden Knights beat the Thundering Herd 23-13. (Photo by Central Florida/Collegiate Images)
UCF wide receiver Brandon Marshall (6) comes down hard after catching a touchdown pass in the 4th quarter.The University of Central Florida defeated Rice University 31-28 at Rice Stadium, November 19, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 1: Ko Simpson #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks breaks up a pass intended for Brandon Marshall #6 of the University of Central Florida Golden Knights during a game on September 1, 2005 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Central Florida's Brandon Marshall (6) and Paul Carrington (95) team up to stop Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw during the first half on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, in Huntington, W.Va. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)
AURORA, CO--JUNE 18TH 2009-- Denver Bronco's Brandon Marshall, left, during Yoga stretches during Marshall's C15 Football Skills Camp at Overland High School Thursday afternoon. Five hundred area boys and girls attended the camp, a two day camp-Thursday and Friday, which included speed and agility, offensive skills stations, team play, defensive stations and autograph sessions. THE DENVER POST/ANDY CROSS (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The father of a woman said to have been repeatedly abused by Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall called for Roger Goodell to resign during a Wednesday afternoon press conference chaired by civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.
Clarence Watney and Kristeena Spivey claim they contacted the NFL on multiple occasions to report instances of physical abuse against Rasheedah Watney that included multiple severe injuries. Spivey also claims she was a victim of Marshall's.
Rasheedah Watney did not attend the televised announcement, but both Clarence Watney and Spivey did. Each claims they phoned and sent letters to Goodell regarding the abuse. Only Watney heard back from the embattled commissioner.
"I'll look into it," she recalled him saying back in 2008. Spivey says there was never any follow up.
Clarence Watney claims to have only heard from a Denver Broncos flack, Marshall was drafted by the team in 2006, asking to give the troubled star a second chance.
"He can change," Clarence Watney recalled the person saying.
"He did: more abusive," said the clearly distraught father, before telling a room devoid of noise outside of the clicking of camera shutters that Marshall had been telling his daughter since eighth grade that they would get married.
Spivey called Marshall a "handsome, charming young man with a good head on his shoulders" before detailing several disturbing allegations.
"In the wee hours of June 17, 2006, I received the very first of what seemed like a hundred calls from Rasheedah crying on the other end of the line," said Spivey before pausing to compose herself. "She told me that she was hiding in the bushes from Brandon, who had allegedly punched her in the face."
Spivey says she immediately sent Rasheedah Watney a plane ticket back home and was horrified by what she saw the following morning.
"I pulled up to the airport nervous, scared and confused. I did not want to believe that Brandon would ever harm Rasheedah," said Spivey. "My doubt quickly faded when I saw her walk out of the airport.
"She had blood in her severely swollen lips, her hair was disheveled, there were tears running down her face and puffy eyes I thought were from crying. It was not until later that day that color of her beautiful face and her sweet eyes would overcome with black [bruising]."
Spivey claimed there were too many incidents to mention, but the one that stuck out most in her mind ended with Marshall attacking her as well.
She drove to their home after another frantic late night phone call.
"Rasheedah was outside, her hair again was disheveled and this time she had a gaping wound to her thigh that blood was pouring out of," said Spivey, who recalled pleading with her to go to the hospital.
The battered woman refused to seek medical attention. But things only escalated as Spivey called the police.
"Brandon got into his vehicle, drove up behind us and proceeded to ram the back of my vehicle," she said, her voice shaking. Marshall rammed the car three times, she said.
"After ramming my vehicle, Brandon exited his car and located a boulder of cement," she continued. "Once he retrieved the boulder of cement he threw it into the passenger side of my car where Rasheedah was sitting" and demanded she go with him.
"I was in fear for her and my safety."
Police arrived 12 minutes later, took a statement and no criminal charges were filed for the incident.
Both women obtained a restraining order against Marshall, but the only punishment the wide receiver faced was a three game suspension.
That was subsequently reduced to only one game.
Marshall has previously denied ever abusing Rasheedah Watney, but has not yet commented on Wednesday's press conference.
Spivey cited the instance of Michael Vick's indefinite suspension for his involvement in a dog fighting ring before throwing a haymaker of her own at Goodell.
"Does that mean women's lives, safety and worth are less than those of dogs?"
Messages left with the Denver Broncos, the Chicago Bears and the NFL seeking further comment have yet to be returned.