Former Iowa wrestler Montell Marion arrested again

Three-time all-American has had history of legal troubles

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March 31, 2014 | 11:38 pm

Former University of Iowa wrestler Montell Marion, a three-time All-American who has been in and out of legal trouble during his time on the team, was arrested again about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of domestic assault.

Details of the incident that led to his arrest were not immediately available. A bond amount has not yet been set in his case. Marion is no longer eligible to wrestle for Iowa, although he's still listed as a "professional short-term monthly" student in the university's online directory.

Marion in March pleaded guilty to driving while barred as a habitual offender and was ordered to pay a fine. The plea was meant to close out a string of legal trouble he’d been in over the previous two years.

The three-time All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up who tallied more than 90 wins with the Hawkeyes was banned from all team activities in May 2010 after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

That arrest came after Marion had received moving violations for failing to maintain a safe distance and disobeying a traffic signal, according to his attorney. At the same time he received the operating while intoxicated citation, Marion also was ticketed for failure to use a turn signal and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Marion got a speeding ticket in July 2011, marking his sixth moving violation in two years and warranting a year driving ban. His attorney in March said Marion wasn’t aware that he had been banned when he was arrested on suspicion of driving while barred.

His attorney, Paul Rosenberg of Des Moines, told The Gazette in March that his client “never would have driven had he known.”

Marion’s once-permanent suspension from the Hawkeye wrestling squad was lifted in January 2011. Despite an offered transfer release from the UI, he chose to stay and try to regain his spot on the team.

Marion earned his spot back and received the team’s Mike J. McGivern Award for the team’s most courageous wrestler. In March, Marion made his second NCAA finals appearance and placed second in an overtime battle.

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