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Meriweather still not talking; admonished by high school coach

Brandon Meriweather

One week after being present at a shooting, Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather remains in his hometown Apopka, Florida.  He’s lifting weights with the local high school team and helping to motivate the young players.

Meriweather, who hasn’t been charged with anything, is not speaking with the media.

“I’m not talking about nothing. I’m just down here working out and helping out,’’ Meriweather told Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe.

In a compelling, broad look at the situation from the town’s perspective, Hohler spoke with Meriweather’s high school coach Rick Darlington.  He wasn’t afraid to talk, saying he’s admonished his former player for putting himself in a bad situation.

“It’s a hard situation because Brandon wants to remember where he came from, but sometimes when you make a lot of money and go back into a rough community you came from, there can be jealousy and bitterness,’’ Darlington said. “People can put you in a bad situation because, what do they have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to lose? Everything.’’

According to Hohler’s reporting, nearly everyone that Meriweather partied with on the night in question knew him from growing up.  Many played in his charity basketball tournament that weekend.

“I’m tired of going to funerals,’’ said one Apoka resident Bryan Mathew. “Brandon and them are lucky, man. We almost had some more funerals.’’

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5 Responses to “Meriweather still not talking; admonished by high school coach”
  1. jw731 says: Mar 17, 2011 10:47 AM

    I admire his HS coach, he either goes on with his career, and makes a better life for himself……Or ends like Mike Rozier, a heisman trophy winner, who was in his late thirties, and stiill hanging out on the streets of Camden NJ, and of course he got shot…

  2. godofwine330 says: Mar 17, 2011 10:55 AM

    “People can put you in a bad situation because, what do they have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to lose? Everything.’’

    Now truer words have never been spoken

  3. mataug says: Mar 17, 2011 11:28 AM

    “People can put you in a bad situation because, what do they have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to lose? Everything.”

    Great point coach.

  4. hosmachine says: Mar 17, 2011 1:16 PM

    Surprised by this not me. Back in ’06 when he shot a guy 3 times while at Miami all be it justified he still didn’t learn then that your a target wherever you go. Good stuff.

  5. wryly1 says: Mar 17, 2011 1:38 PM

    He has a constitutionally protected right not to incrimnate himself and no obligation to incriminate others. His lawyer also knows that if he could exculpate himself quickly and put this behind him, by telling the truth, that would be the smartest thing to do.

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