Despite what he’ll tell you, Brandon Meriweather‘s hits on Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in week seven were dirty. He targeted the head and neck area of both players, which is flat out unacceptable. The NFL thought so too, and suspended the safety one game for his actions. Now, Meriweather is ruffling more feathers with his words.
When talking about his strategy moving forward, the DB said that: “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.”
His words echo the complaints of many people who feel the area of where to hit players is getting too small. But there’s still a way to go low, without tearing up players’ knees.
But on top of those comments, Meriweather poured some gas on his new feud with Marshall, who said the DB should be kicked out of the league.
“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?”
While this is a low blow directed at Marshall for his past arrests on domestic violence charges, Meriweather does raise a good point. Players who are convicted of beating women should be banned. However, Marshall has never been convicted of any of the domestic violence charges filed against him.
So while I get where Meriweather’s head is at on both of these items, he’s still missing the point when it comes to football. You can play the game aggressively without hitting people in the head and without tearing ACLs. His idea of banning players who hit women is a good one, but it’s not applicable to Marshall. I get his comments and concerns, he’s still a just little off in his assessment. The solution for the DB is simple – play the game the right way moving forward.