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Bears won't allow Brandon Marshall to fight Lions fan

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

It looks like the Chicago Bears have put the kibosh on wide receiver Brandon Marshall's proposed fight with a Lions fan who insulted him and his mother.

Bears general manager Phil Emery told Marshall "read your contract" in regards to the potential boxing match, according to ESPN, and on Tuesday, coach Marc Trestman laughed when asked if the fight would happen.

"I think we're just moving on to the game," Trestman said on a teleconference with Detroit reporters.

On Nov. 13, Marshall responded to Anthony Kalla, a 24-year-old from Southfield, after the Lions fan bashed the Marshall and the Bears on Instagram after a 3-6 start. He also called Marshall's mother a name not fit for print.

Marshall responded on Twitter, offering $5,000 to "get in a ring with me," and after some back and forth, the two agreed to fight for $25,000. If Kalla won he'd get the money, and if he lost, he'd have to perform 100 hours of community service at an orphanage.

In the days following the challenge, Marshall said he'd want to use the fight to raise money for charity, but Trestman and the Bears seem to have put an end to this bizarre story.

Trestman said he spoke with Marshall about the social media spat, but wouldn't provide details of the conversation Tuesday.

"I'm not going to go there," he said. "That's between Brandon and I, and that's behind us. As I've said many times, it's a different world with Twitter right now, and we're not perfect with it. But we talk about it and we continue to work to utilize it as a positive because it is a part of our world."