ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was fired up as he returned to the team Monday following a one-game suspension for repeated helmet-to-helmet collisions.
Originally penalized two games, Meriweather’s suspension was reduced to a single game after the safety filed an appeal. He admits that it appears he launched himself on one of the two penalties levied against in the contest against the Chicago Bears.
“I know everybody looking at the tape and saying ‘Oh he’s a dirty player. he’s this, he’s that.’ Which I get, but if anybody go look at the tape I didn’t use my head in either hit and I’m moving on from it,” he said.
The league and Redskins coaches had been working with Meriweather to reform his tackling technique prior to the suspension. Such change, he said, can only be made through repetition. And he fears the changes the NFL is asking him to make will cause more damage than his already violent style.
“To be honest man you just gotta go low now, man. You gotta end people career. You gotta tear people ACL and mess up people knees. You can’t hit them high anymore. You just gotta go low,” Meriweather said.
The one-game suspension cost him $70,588.
Meriwether also says that “people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league” – a direct swipe at Bears receiver Brandon Marshall.
One of the hits was made against Marshall in the Redskins’ win over the Bears last week. After the game, Marshall says players such as Meriweather perhaps need to be “taken out of the game completely.”
Says Meriweather: “You tell me who you’d rather have – somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”
Marshall’s checkered legal history included multiple arrests following confrontations with a girlfriend when he was playing for the Denver Broncos.
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