After the Chicago Bears game against the Washington Redskins last week, Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receiver Brandon Marshall were highly critical of the malicious intent that Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather plays with.
A week later, Meriweather felt it was the right time to respond. His response, like his playing style, was anything but classy.
“He feel like I need to be kicked out of the league? I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out, too,” Meriweather told Washington media, according to The Washington Times. “You tell me who you’d rather have: Somebody who play aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”-Brandon Meriweather, Chicago Tribune
Meriweather is taking an aim at Marshall’s troubled past with domestic violence.
Meriweather’s repeated and intentional hits to the head clearly have put an error in his judgment.
Meriweather is simply misguided. There is a difference between playing aggressively and playing stupidly. There is a reason why Meriweather did not stick with the New England Patriots. There is a reason why Meriweather did not stick with the Chicago Bears. There is a reason why he likely will not be long for the Washington Redskins. That reason is because Meriweather can not play within the legal rules of the NFL. That is why the only reason why Meriweather is relevant in the NFL is because of his repeated and blatant offenses of targeting the heads of opposing wide receivers in the NFL. There is no room in the NFL for that type of player.
Unlike Meriweather, Marshall has seemingly eradicated the errors of his previous ways. Marshall has been a leader for the Bears on and off the field. Marshall is replacing Jay Cutler this week on The Waddle and Silvy Show Monday during the 5 o’clock hour on ESPN Radio. Meriweather will most certainly be a talking point but expect the Bears wide receiver to show a degree of class that the Redskins safety has failed to show his entire career.