Brandon Meriweather fires back at Brandon Marshall
Brandon Meriweather returned from his one-game suspension Monday and didn’t waste any time responding to the comments made by Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall last week.
“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather said. “He feel like, you know, that I need to be kicked out of the league. I feel like people who beat they girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. So you tell me who you would rather have: Somebody who play aggressive on the field or somebody who beat up they girlfriend?”
Meriweather was flagged 15 yards for hitting Marshall high in the Redskins’ 45-41 victory on Oct. 20. Marshall was later quoted, in part, as saying, “maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.”
Marshall has had a number of run-ins with law enforcement, including domestic violence cases.
Meriweather also said the way the NFL is enforcing rules against high hits will force defensive players to target skilled players’ legs.
“To be honest, man, you have to go low now, man,” he said. “You have to end people’s career. You got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people knees now. You can’t hit them high anymore. You just have to go low.”
Meriweather reiterated that he feels he’s already changed the way he hits when compared with five years ago. But also he conceded that after four fines and a suspension for helmet-to-helmet hits, he’ll need to change more.
“You got to change,” he said. “The way the league going right now, I’m going to have to. I’m going to try. I’m going to try me best now. I just have to change more now. They told me to use my shoulder. I use my shoulder, I still get fined, they still say I used my head.”
The veteran added: “If, in practice, I simulate going low, I think it will become habit and I’ll be able to do it in a game."