For those of you who might have heard what Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather said earlier this week, here it is. From ESPN,
“I guess I just got to take people’s knees out. That’s the only way. I would hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer. You just have to go low now, man. You’ve got to end people’s careers. You got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees. You can’t hit them high anymore.”
The comment came on the heels of Meriweather’s 2 game suspension being reduced to one, and his verbal altercation with Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. He’s not implying he will be aiming to end careers and take players out of games, he is merely saying that since he can’t knock them own from upper body shots, he’ll have to tackle their lower portions, which are susceptible to injuries as well.
Well DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA talked to Meriweather, and the safety has said he’s sorry for what he’s said.
“I spoke to Brandon. He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said,” Smith said in a statement. “He is concentrating on helping his team win the rest of the season. Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game.”
Meriweather will receive no penalties for his comments, however he will be closely looked at when he returns from his one game suspension.