Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather returned from suspension on Monday, and had some strong words for Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who lashed out against Meriweather’s style after the two teams played.
“Listen, everybody’s got their opinion of things, you know,” Meriweather said. “Everybody’s got their opinion. He feels like, you know, 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.”
Marshall has a considerable rap sheet, including domestic disputes.
“You tell me who you’d rather have: Somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beats up their girlfriend,” Meriweather said. “Everybody’s got their opinion. That’s mine. He’s got his.”
Meriwather was initially suspended two games for his helmet-to-helmet hits against the Bears, but had his suspension reduced to one game on appeal.
He said he’ll have to change his playing style and start going after players’ knees instead, something he said can do far more harm than a shoulder to the head.
“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” he said. “That’s the only way…I’d hate to end a guy’s career, you know, over a rule. But I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer.”
He continued: “To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know? You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit them high no more. You’ve just got to go low.”
Meriweather said he’s worked to change his style in recent years because of NFL rules targeting helmet-to-helmet contact, but maintained that he did nothing to deserve a suspension against the Bears.