Washington Redskins Brandon Meriweather has Choice Words for NFL

Published: Oct 28, 2013 17:34pm EDT
By Lance Rinker, Managing Editor for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Oct 28, 2013 @ 05:34pm EDT

 

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather served his one-game suspension on Sunday for the way he hits, or what the league deems an aggressive style of play, but was clearly irked by comments made by Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

"Guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely."

In response to Marshall’s comment Meriweather didn’t hold back by saying:

"He feels like I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too… You tell me who you'd rather have? Someone who plays aggressive on the field or someone who beat up their girlfriend?"

The situation that Meriweather is referring to is Brandon Marshall having been arrested multiple times on alleged domestic-abuse charges, although he has never been convicted.

While the back-and-forth between Marshall and Meriweather makes for a great story, especially by us journalists, probably the most important comment Meriweather made was when he discussed where he would have to begin hitting players.

"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 reason why this comment is the most important of the bunch is because we have a player, fresh off of a suspension for hits that were deemed illegal and too aggressive, being very open and honest about his thought process going forward in regards to what he has to do in an effort to avoid a longer suspension.

With the rule changes made, and continuing to be made, by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell players can no longer hit high – or near the head area – without risking a serious fine or suspension. The concern is over concussions and player safety. Unfortunately, the NFL is forcing defenders to go low on opposing players and that’s where some serious damage can be done to the knees.

In the preseason Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller was hit low by Houston Texans rookie defensive back D.J. Swearinger. Keller’s knee bent in a way it wasn’t meant to and his season was done before his team even got out of the preseason. The hit itself was legal and within the rules but, because of the other rules changes to hitting high, players have had to condition themselves to hit low because if they don’t they face fines and/or suspensions.

It’s an unfortunate situation in football because let’s face it, football is a very dangerous sport played by men who are often three times the size of any non-athlete and are built for speed and power. You can’t hit high because of concerns regarding concussions and head trauma. That leaves two parts of the body left for defenders to target; the midsection (which is incredibly difficulty to take someone down when tackling in that manner) and the lower body. 


 

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