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NFL fines Brandon Meriweather $20,000

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Brandon Meriweather has received another hefty fine from the NFL.

Last year, when he was on the Patriots, Meriweather’s fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit was $50,000, which was later reduced on appeal to $40,000. This year, as a safety for the Bears, Meriweather’s fine is $20,000.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Meriweather was fined the 20 grand for a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Panthers on Sunday.

Meriweather, who had been singled out after the game for trying too hard to take receivers’ heads off and not hard enough to simply make a tackle, plans to appeal the fine.

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37 Responses to “NFL fines Brandon Meriweather $20,000”
  1. rushmatic says: Oct 6, 2011 2:25 PM

    Yes, this is going to sound trite, but…

    same old Meriweather. Glad the Pats released him.

  2. obamasballsack says: Oct 6, 2011 2:27 PM

    LOL

  3. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 6, 2011 2:29 PM

    and Pats fans are laughing.

  4. test2402 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:31 PM

    Who gets this money?

  5. trbowman says: Oct 6, 2011 2:33 PM

    OMG FLAG FOOTBALL! WAHHH!

  6. das14 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:34 PM

    These NFL “Charities” have the world on a string. They get paid every time someone plays too rough. Are we protecting the players or trying to make more money. I assure you this is about money. 20k isn’t a ton to these guys but sure as hell adds up to big business.

  7. jimbobobjr says: Oct 6, 2011 2:38 PM

    Brandon Meriweather is the second coming of Rodney Harrison. Filthy dirty scumbag.

  8. rc33 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:38 PM

    Put it this way; the Patriots have definite problems at Safety and Belichick STILL chose to move on with this meathead.

  9. scoops1 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    Straight Cash Homey

  10. iabearsfan says: Oct 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    The Bears need to fine him everytime time he misses a tackle or blows the coverage. Can’t wait till Chris Harris is healthy. Meriweather sucks.

  11. S says: Oct 6, 2011 2:42 PM

    Merriweather was terrible at angles with the Patriots and I wanted him gone….

    …but at least when Merriweather was on the field with the Pats opposing offenses had to worry about something in the middle of the field – even if it was only a concussion!!

  12. jbpanthers says: Oct 6, 2011 2:42 PM

    The hit didn’t even phase Smith, but Meriweather can’t cover so he has to take cheap shots.

  13. homelanddefense says: Oct 6, 2011 2:43 PM

    more of the same from Brandon “Big Bang Clock”. From the article linked in this story I can see he is still going for the knockout blow instead of taking the correct angle or playing the ball.

    He is no loss for the Pats, James Sanders was though.

  14. kairn42 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:46 PM

    Seriously Goodell? How about this for an idea. Take your fines, take your shoddy refs, take your “case by case basis” and your “repeat offender” line of BS and all your talk about ‘player safety’ and ‘what the fans want’ and shove it.

    You have no F-ing clue.

    You’re a tool of the owners and just a plain tool in general. Any and every explanation given for anything you do has *zero* consistency and is merely a ham-fisted attempt to CYA from your own stupidity and contradictions.

    Above anything else, it’s YOU who is ruining the game of football merely to make sure you leave a fingerprint on it.

    $50k last year, and a continued SAME infraction draws $20? To quote Mike Lowrey… “all this right here? Check yourself…because this? Is what the f*&k is wrong with you”

  15. comeonnowguys says: Oct 6, 2011 2:48 PM

    Sounds about right.

  16. beelicker says: Oct 6, 2011 2:49 PM

    Are we to draw some sort of inference from the fine for the same offense as a Bear now decreasing to half of the appealed/adjusted amount from the first one as a Patriot last season? I supposed these things tended to escalate as a particular offender would accumulate them?

    That the fine assessment here was half of the initial adjusted amount for the first offense (would these things possibly accumulate per season and/or per player or not?) seems to imply both a seasonal reset/readjustment of fine level AND that an appeal should probably be inferred as useless … but the sheer plethora of mind-boggling inconsistencies abounds!

  17. 4evrnyt says: Oct 6, 2011 2:50 PM

    The NFL is totally going about this the wrong way. Stop only fining the players because it really has zero effect. If you want to change things then start fining the people that actually care about reputation and bank accounts and that would be the coaches and owners. They also should be held responsible for the conduct of their players on the field. Start fining the head coach, the position coach and the owner the same fine as the player and I promise you that things will start to change.

  18. dayumyou says: Oct 6, 2011 2:52 PM

    S says:
    Oct 6, 2011 2:42 PM
    Merriweather was terrible at angles with the Patriots and I wanted him gone….

    …but at least when Merriweather was on the field with the Pats opposing offenses had to worry about something in the middle of the field – even if it was only a concussion!!
    _______________________

    Ha ha…best post so far today!!!

  19. ampats says: Oct 6, 2011 2:54 PM

    iabearsfan,

    Now you see why BB cut him. Undisiplined player always looking for the big hit no matter how many tackles or bad angles he misses in coverage.

  20. lionpride10 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:00 PM

    Also, kicker Jason Hanson was fined $10,000 for kicking the ball too hard on a field goal.

  21. panthers34 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:01 PM

    If Steve Smith had pretended he was dead I bet it would have drawn the flag. But he got up and celebrated like it was nothing, so the refs just ignored it. Nice one NFL…..

  22. glennsyank13 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    So much for the league suspending repeat offenders like they said last year…

  23. bosotomos says: Oct 6, 2011 3:21 PM

    I think there was more than one incident. But the one that the refs missed badly was the hit on Steve Smith after a long reception. Looked like a sure concussion, but Smith bounced back up and started flexing. It’s a good thing Meriweather didn’t do this to Smith a few years ago. Smith would have pounded his ass.

  24. rjkilla says: Oct 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    on just about every tackle he made in this game he either had his helmet or his hands high around the head…dude is terrible

  25. fcs34 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:32 PM

    “It’s a good thing Meriweather didn’t do this to Smith a few years ago. Smith would have pounded his ass.”

    So Smith’s old way of resolving conflicts was rough man on man action ? Interesting….

  26. pigskinswag says: Oct 6, 2011 3:37 PM

    All these negative comments about Brandon Meriweather….don’t yall realize that he’s a PRO BOWL Safety? LOL

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 6, 2011 3:38 PM

    Meriweather sucks ——> .

  28. curufindir says: Oct 6, 2011 3:57 PM

    *shrugs* He’s been a head-hunter since he was a Blue Darter back in Apopka. Why should he change now?

  29. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 6, 2011 4:26 PM

    The self-annoited ‘party starter’ gonna be too busted to buy chips n’ dip if he keeps getting fined by the league.

  30. hrmlss says: Oct 6, 2011 4:28 PM

    Watched that game and saw him head to head one guy, and later a guy was being tackled on the sideline and he came in late trying to take the guys head off, but the guy ducked and he mashed his own teammate. Don’t like either team, but I knew Roger would be sending him a love letter.

  31. bozosforall says: Oct 6, 2011 5:12 PM

    ampats says:
    Oct 6, 2011 2:54 PM
    iabearsfan,

    Now you see why BB cut him. Undisiplined player always looking for the big hit no matter how many tackles or bad angles he misses in coverage.
    __
    Yet you guys conveniently overlook that BB (the supposed draft guru…hint, he really isn’t) was the one that drafted him in the first place. POOR draft evaluation if he ended up cutting him after only a short time in a Pats uniform. Keep those blinders on though, loser Pats fans.

    Typical Pats fan comments here. They defend the guy as long as he is a Pat, then bash him once he is gone. So lame.

  32. nannymcsack says: Oct 6, 2011 5:51 PM

    bad form, never made any progress, released. lays some wood though

  33. str8up12 says: Oct 6, 2011 5:53 PM

    @bozosforall
    Look who’s wearing blinders. Feel free to check out that years draft and tell me that Merriweather wasn’t the best player out of the next 15 drafted after him. Not that he was a great selection but you have to pick someone. How bout you show me a better 1st round draft record over the last 11 years. Surely, your GURU must have done better.

  34. cmstrick says: Oct 6, 2011 7:02 PM

    This must be some new definition of the word “hefty” that I wasn’t previously aware of…

  35. backindasaddle says: Oct 6, 2011 9:05 PM

    Merriweather leads with his head for two reasons:

    A) He’s got absolutely no brains at all and as such is impervious to concussions.

    B) He’s a turd.

  36. duerson1985 says: Oct 7, 2011 2:24 AM

    second coming of Harrison…didnt he get a few rings????

  37. rippedoffhead says: Oct 7, 2011 10:29 AM

    @str8up12

    Really?! Come on man, the VERY NEXT PICK IN THE DRAFT was Jon Beason… and if you want to keep it in the Safety position, Eric Weddle was 13 picks after him, and the argument can be made that Weddle is by far better than Sucky McHeadhunter.

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