A New York Jets receiver has testified at his civil assault trial that fights inside a Manhattan nightclub annoyed him even before his wife was struck in the face by a bottle.

Brandon Marshall testified briefly Wednesday after a California woman accused him of punching her in the face outside the club in March 2012. Christin Myles of Chino, California, is seeking unspecified damages, saying she suffers lasting injuries. Marshall was never charged with a crime.

Marshall's lawyer says his client never punched Myles. The 32-year-old wide receiver's testimony resumes Thursday.

Also, in testimony read into the record, former NFL receiver Michael Anthony Sims-Walker said he offered to take any blame for the encounter to protect his friend Marshall. But he said neither of them punched any women that night.