Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall had to have another awkward conversation with deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office a couple of weeks ago.
This time, Marshall was involved in what one deputy called an "apparent misunderstanding" that led to his being handcuffed and detained in the back of a patrol car for a bit.
According to a BSO event report first obtained by the South Florida Times' Elgin Jones, a deputy saw a cabdriver in Port Everglades repeatedly honking and waving his arms trying to get the deputy's attention a little before 7 a.m. on November 14.
The cabbie told the deputy that his passenger, Marshall, was "wanted by the sheriff's office" and was told by the dispatcher to find the first cop he could if Marshall hopped in the back.
At that point, Marshall was cuffed and detained while the deputy tried to figure out what the hell was going on.
Marshall told the deputy that he had no idea what was going on and that the only thing he'd done was tell the driver to take him to his Southwest Ranches home.
Other deputies -- who had responded to the initial call -- arrived at the scene and explained that another cabbie reported that Marshall had skipped out on a $142 cab fare under the guise that he had to use the bathroom, the report states.
The second cabbie told the cops that Marshall got out and went directly into another taxi without paying the $142 fare.
Marshall explained that he'd gotten in the cab at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami and told the driver to take him to his house in Southwest Ranches.
Instead, Marshall woke up a little later to find out he was at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Marshall said that the driver had a thick accent he couldn't understand and that he refused to take Marshall to his house.
Marshall told deputies that instead of continuing to argue with the guy, he just got out and got in another cab. He added that he'd be happy to pay both drivers just to resolve the situation.
The deputy wrote in the report that he removed the handcuffs from Marshall once he determined it to be a "minor incident."
Both cabbies told deputies they just wanted to get paid so they could get back to work.
The report says a deputy escorted Marshall over to the drivers, where Marshall and the cabbies apologized to one another and shook hands after Marshall paid the fare.
The South Florida Times states that when a reporter phoned up the cabdriver who called the cops on Marshall, he had no idea who Marshall was.
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