Serial head-hunter Brandon Meriweather has been suspended by the NFL for two games for going high on Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, and Meriweather’s teammate Brian Orakpo isn’t happy about it. But Orakpo’s anger is not at Meriweather for getting suspended again, it’s at the league for imposing discipline.
Orakpo expressed his annoyance at the NFL for suspending Meriweather in a pair of tweets that will probably be deleted soon (but thankfully screencapping is really easy):
So if I have this straight, Orakpo believes Meriweather should not be suspended for endangering the health and safety of Torrey Smith because the game the hit happened in didn’t count.
I guess if the game doesn’t count, that means the impact on Smith’s skull doesn’t count?
Orakpo believes that the laws of physics and all other factors that govern how much damage could potentially be done to the brain by a hit to a player’s head somehow magically get suspended because the game in question is only an exhibition.
Or perhaps Orakpo’s point is that preseason games shouldn’t be played at all. Perhaps Orakpo is trying to call out owners for their greed?
Either way, Orakpo sounds like a idiot. The game happened, the hit happened, and now Meriweather is suffering the consequences. This suspension isn’t about one hit in a preseason game anyway, it’s about a whole pattern of behavior going back years.
The fact is that Brandon Meriweather has long been one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. His stuff would have flown maybe in the 1950s but these aren’t the 1950s. Meriweather refuses to clean up his game and this is what happens.
Maybe instead of getting all mad and going on Twitter, Orakpo should sit down with Meriweather and explain reality to him. But for that to happen, someone would first have to explain reality to Brian Orakpo. That might be difficult.