I don't want to get into the legal debates that always cloud these issues. The NFL is not "real life" and because the players' union and the League have a collectively-bargained agreement that gives the Commissioner absolute power in dealing with off-field indiscretions, it really doesn't matter what would happen to any of us in a similar situation.
Translation? Don't make the NFL look bad, or else.
In the case of Brandon Marshall, who was arrested, booked and released on bond only to see all charges dropped, the simple fact that he was in the back of a police car to begin with is trouble. Then add the details from the incident report --
Marshall and his fiancée, Michi Nogami-Campbell, were spotted by a police officer having an "intense conversation" outside of Marshall's downtown condominium.
The argument then became physical, and both Marshall and Nogami-Campbell "engaged in a fight, kicking and punching each other," according to the report. Two different officers witnessed the fight between the couple.
Both Marshall and his fiancée declined medial treatment, were arrested and taken to the Atlanta City Jail.
Marshall and Nogami-Campbell were both booked on disorderly conduct charges early Sunday morning, released on $300 bond and appeared before a judge in the City of Atlanta courthouse Monday morning.
Not only was Marshall arrested, but the details surrounding the arrest involved "an intense conversation" with his fiancée, one that allegedly turned violent. This will surely catch the eye of the NFL, and Roger Goodell specifically, since many of Marshall's prior acts involved altercations with a woman.
While the charges being dropped would be a good sign for any of us, it does not mean Marshall is off the hook, especially considering events like this have been in Marshall's past.