Washington Redskins‘ safety Brandon Meriweather angered many Chicago Bears‘ fans this weekend with his illegal hits on Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Meriweather launched himself at the head and neck area of the wide receiver’s and was flagged both times. The NFL didn’t waste any time penalizing him, either, as they slapped him with two-game suspension on Tuesday. Of course, the safety is appealing the ruling.
The good news is that Marshall and Jeffery are both okay following the cheap shots they received. However, that doesn’t mean their teammates are over it. Martellus Bennett was asked about the hits during a radio interview on Tuesday and it’s clear that Meriweather is still grinding his gears. The host remarked that he was lucky to have escaped the game without a cheap shot from Meriweather, to which Bennett replied, “Oh, I still want to punch him in the face.” He then went on to say this:
“The scumbag… What it comes down to, at the end of the day, the players have got to look out for the players. There’s a way to go out there and be a beast when you hit people, and have nobody want to come across the middle. But then there’s a way not to do it, where you’re deliberately hitting guys, or after the game you’re saying, Oh, I’ve got to pay, because you know what you did was wrong when you were doing it. Then it just becomes wrong.”
I’m in full agreeance with Bennett on this issue. Meriweather tried to play this off like he was just tackling like the league instructed him to, which is just a crock. He clearly targeted the head and neck area of both WRs and that’s flat out Busch League. A two-game ban is just what the doctor ordered for this clown. If he continues to play dirty upon his return, I hope he gets sat down for the rest of the season.