Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, the Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday.
The 27-year-old underwent three months of psychological and neurological exams at Boston’s McLean Hospital — the training ground for Harvard University medical students — where he was diagnosed with the mental illness, which is marked by difficulties with relationships and controlling moods and emotions.
Marshall has been arrested a number of times in relation to domestic disputes, and on Friday charges were dropped against his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, over an April 23 incident in which it was alleged she stabbed him in the abdomen.
The two-time Pro Bowler said he had informed the Dolphins of his condition and that he hoped to use his profile to raise awareness of BPD.
“I’ll be the face of BPD. I’ll make myself vulnerable if it saves someone’s life because I know what I went through this summer helped save mine,” Marshall said.
“By no means am I all healed or fixed,” he added, “but it’s like a light bulb has been turned on in my dark room.”
Nogami-Marshall, 26, was facing aggravated battery charges over the domestic dispute at the couple’s Southwest Ranches, Fla., home, but the state attorney’s office said the matter would not be pursued because of conflicting evidence, the Miami Herald reported.
Immediately after the incident, Nogami-Marshall told police she was acting in self-defense when she armed herself with a kitchen knife. Marshall gave an entirely different account, saying he slipped onto broken glass from a vase.
Nogami-Marshall refused to provide more evidence to prosecutors and Marshall said in a June 20 sworn statement that his wife had nothing to do with the injury, so the state attorney’s office said it was forced to drop the charges.
Marshall was acquired by Miami in April 2010 in a trade with Denver, and led the team in receiving yards last season with 1,014.
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