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Brandon Meriweather fined $25,000, could be called to league office

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Bears safety Brandon Meriweather has been hit in the paycheck once again for an illegal hit to the head on the field. And he may soon be summoned to the principal’s office.

The NFL has fined Meriweather $25,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Nate Burleson in Monday night’s loss to the Lions. Meriweather was fined $20,000 for an illegal hit last week and fined $50,000 (later reduced on appeal to $40,000) for an illegal hit last season.

The fact that Meriweather keeps getting fined is an indication that he’s not learning his lesson, and so the NFL might call him to the league office to explain himself. Peter King reported on NBC Sports Talk that NFL Executive V.P. for Football Operations Ray Anderson has become disturbed by Meriweather’s style of play, and that Meriweather may be required to have a face-to-face meeting with league officials about the matter.

At the same time, the Bears’ coaches have become disturbed by Meriweather’s quality of play, and as a result he’s been removed from the starting lineup. Meriweather may not get many more opportunities to make any more illegal hits — or any legal hits, either.

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36 Responses to “Brandon Meriweather fined $25,000, could be called to league office”
  1. guppies66 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:18 PM

    Typical headhunting punk. Can’t play, so has to resort to cheap play.

  2. nineroutsider says: Oct 14, 2011 7:23 PM

    Dude flat out can not play!

  3. theandy59 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:24 PM

    There’s a reason why Belichick released a big, athletic safety without a proven replacement on the roster – this guy is as dumb as a bag of doorknobs and he’s just never gonna get it. He’s more interested in delivering the big “jacked-up” hit to get himself on Sportscenter than he is to actually make a play on the ball.

  4. ahs2 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:24 PM

    How about an additional $25k for the same hit in the same game on Stefan Logan…or maybe the fines are only per game, LOL!

  5. buflo66 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:29 PM

    He was fined for the hit on Burleson??? What!??

    What about the 5 yard launch on Logan? Which of course did not even draw a flag.

    Amazing inconsistency with the helmet to helmet penalties.

    Meriweather almost kills Logan. No call. Urlacher clean hit. Penalty.

    League makes $8 billion a year and can’t call the correct penalties.

  6. mikeypanic says: Oct 14, 2011 7:32 PM

    this guy is a bigger chump than cortland finnegan.

    and thats saying something.

  7. eaglesdynasty says: Oct 14, 2011 7:34 PM

    the new rules to protect WRs pretty much eliminate Meriweather’s one major strength. If Meriweather cant headhunt then hes like a de-fanged cobra. Dude refuses to adapt because adapting would make him even more useless. Cant say I will be sorry to see him out of the league though, the guy has been a huge issue since his Miami days……

  8. Lev says: Oct 14, 2011 7:39 PM

    His helmet says Bears…but his play says Steeler

  9. rgogliotti says: Oct 14, 2011 7:50 PM

    Oh sure, Meriweather does it and he’s cheap. But when Suh slams a QB to the ground 5 seconds after the ball is gone…then he’s just a really hard competitor. He’s had more personal fouls that Meriweather and he’s not heading to the league office. Why does the media love D-trash so much?

    They’re both cheap. Lets be consistent.

  10. ajknox88 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:08 PM

    rgogliotti says:
    Oct 14, 2011 7:50 PM
    Oh sure, Meriweather does it and he’s cheap. But when Suh slams a QB to the ground 5 seconds after the ball is gone…then he’s just a really hard competitor. He’s had more personal fouls that Meriweather and he’s not heading to the league office. Why does the media love D-trash so much?

    They’re both cheap. Lets be consistent.
    _______________

    You obviously haven’t watched Suh’s penalties.

  11. grogansheroes says: Oct 14, 2011 8:23 PM

    I hope Meriweather done save his money, cause after this year his income is going to take a serious decline.

  12. eaglesdynasty says: Oct 14, 2011 8:32 PM

    There are many reasons Suh doesnt get treated like Meriweather……for one Suh hasnt been penalized and fined for the same thing time after time. Suh is a dominating player who gets a fair share of penalties, Meriweather is a mediocre player that really only gets attention when he lays a late or illegal hit.

    Plus, fair or not, perception is everything. Meriweather built a image as a problem player, a self-centered me-first type guy with a loud mouth and a history of issues on the field. Suh built a image as a hard-working, team first player that is quiet and humble off the field and keeps his nose clean.

    So Suh will get the benefit of the doubt more often than Meriweather

  13. eleventyeight says: Oct 14, 2011 8:41 PM

    This is the result of twenty years of “highlight reels, Sportscenter and The Big Hit”. It was an era of football that glamorized the excessive violence of bodies colliding instead of the overall result of the play, much less the game. The Big Media still run those ultraviolent hits, but speak in low tones while admonishing the very guys to whom they pay homage.

    Until football becomes a team sport focusing on head-up, chest-tackling with wrapping arms(formerly known as “tackling”) technique which once made defense the dominant force it was we will continue to be subject to a spectacle of head-hunting and violent intimidation instead of team sportsmanship.

    And I’m a Steelers fan; this is for them too.

    We all learned how to tackle properly as kids.The pros MUST reinforce those techniques or we’ll soon see a bevy of broken necks on football fields all across America.

    Cam Newton was right: to kids these guys ARE icons. And as such they need to show some responsibility in exchange for that fame.

  14. wakexxl says: Oct 14, 2011 8:42 PM

    Dont see this guy helping out his team, just searching for a reel on ESPN’s top 10.

  15. abninf says: Oct 14, 2011 8:55 PM

    Meriweather is a fine example of why you should not smoke marijuana, as he obviously does. The young man has fried so many brain cells that he’s become as dumb as a box of rocks. If it wasn’t for football he would be back in his community riding a stolen Huffy bicycle outside the liquor store.

  16. eleventyeight says: Oct 14, 2011 9:01 PM

    I think it didn’t take much to make Merriweather dumber than a box of rocks.

    BTW-Pot called in, said “Don’t blame me! That guys an idiot all by himself!”.

  17. eaglesdynasty says: Oct 14, 2011 9:02 PM

    Until football becomes a team sport focusing on head-up, chest-tackling with wrapping arms(formerly known as “tackling”) technique which once made defense the dominant force it was we will continue to be subject to a spectacle of head-hunting and violent intimidation instead of team sportsmanship

    ——————————————————————————————————————–

    we will never see defenses as the dominant forces they once were. All the rules are going in favor of passing games and offenses overall, and will only continue to.

    The implications of the newer rules and the direction the league is going are huge. In 20 years the game could be completely different than the one most of us grew up watching——-The way the league is going passing records will continue to regularly fall. Making crazy accomplishments like Dan Marino’s 1984 season seem ordinary (I still think Marino’s 1984 was the best single season ever by a QB when put in context).

    Taking all the bite out of defenses only helps the NFL with casual viewership and alienates its true fans.

  18. spacincasen says: Oct 14, 2011 9:10 PM

    As a Bears fan, I say PLEASE suspend this idiot and save us any more embarrassment.

    abninf… I have a well-paying job making over $20 an hour as an accountant at 23 years old and will have a masters degree and my CPA in less than 10 months. I’ve also smoked marijuana more-or-less every day for the past 8 years. You’re a fine example of why closed-minded people should also come with closed mouths. Man, I hope this doesn’t get deleted… I love being the exception to the stereotype.

  19. fooath says: Oct 14, 2011 9:15 PM

    Nice to see some hard hits again. Have to go back to old NFL Films highlights to see someone lay some wood.

    Can’t even use your shoulder to shoulder anymore, ask Urlacher.

    Keep bringing it!!!

  20. mattlion says: Oct 14, 2011 9:19 PM

    He was the third, maybe 4th, best safety on the Pats last season.

    Some of the guys I know call him “Pythagoras” because he has an unusual sense of angles to the ball. He is terrible when the ball is in the air. The only hits he actually makes are cheap shots.

    He could’ve been very good, but he regressed, and is on his way out of the league.

  21. frankvzappa says: Oct 14, 2011 9:38 PM

    At least he didn’t shoot anybody.

  22. ortonsneckbeard says: Oct 14, 2011 9:50 PM

    Another fine for the big-play-giving-up machine. Still though, getting fines less that 1% of your salary isn’t a deterrent so why wouldn’t he continue to cheap shot? I’d be ok with it if he wasn’t getting burned like a matchstick every week.

  23. savannahrose44 says: Oct 14, 2011 9:56 PM

    abninf says:
    Oct 14, 2011 8:55 PM
    Meriweather is a fine example of why you should not smoke marijuana, as he obviously does. The young man has fried so many brain cells that he’s become as dumb as a box of rocks. If it wasn’t for football he would be back in his community riding a stolen Huffy bicycle outside the liquor store.

    ———————————————–

    Funny to see there are still some people out there who buy into 1980’s government propaganda. Marijuana does not fry brain cells. Research has shown it can actually aid in regeneration of brain cells, and can even help reduce the symptoms of alzheimer’s disease. Get with the century.

  24. eaglesdynasty says: Oct 14, 2011 10:09 PM

    uh yea……..pretty sure Meriweather was never a genius, im sure the impact of marijuana is minimal when compared to the fact that he is just a moron and always has been one

  25. willisaldon9952 says: Oct 14, 2011 10:23 PM

    its football get over it…….idk how a football player can learn not to hit someone NFL is a joke!

  26. lionhunter909 says: Oct 14, 2011 10:35 PM

    Buflo66, Scheffler has a concussion(caused by Urlacher) and is out this week. Not so sure that
    was a clean hit. Rules discourage defenders from
    hitting guys high regardless of whether its a helmet
    to helmet or not.

    In Urlacher’s defense I doubt it was intentional however.

  27. mvlonergan says: Oct 14, 2011 10:47 PM

    I know he was cleared by the police, but my first thought after hearing the accuasation that Meriweather shot a man in the face without killing him was “Dude even takes bad angles when shooting someone at point blank range.”

    Meriweather sucks. He’s the poster boy for why the Pro Bowl is meaningless. Meriweather is an uncoachable, overrated hack. The sooner he’s out of the league, the better.

  28. rajbais says: Oct 15, 2011 12:09 AM

    And when he gets called, Goodell should tell Meriweather that he sucks!!

  29. cornernum23 says: Oct 15, 2011 12:48 AM

    Marijuana is good for you now?!?! Give me a break. People will say anything to justify bad decision making.

  30. Lev says: Oct 15, 2011 12:56 AM

    @eleventyeight

    Smartest thing I’ve read on this site in quite awhile.

    Cheers!

  31. oxycode30 says: Oct 15, 2011 2:05 AM

    Merriweather is a guy who makes up for his solid but unspectacular skills with enthusiasm and heart.
    No way the league will tolerate that.
    The wussification of the greatest game in existence continues…

  32. rymexico says: Oct 15, 2011 2:06 AM

    You wonder why Bill cuts these knuckleheads? Not Patriots material….and I hate the patriots.

  33. CKL says: Oct 15, 2011 2:16 AM

    Hey Bears…he’s who we thought he was…don’t let him off the hook.

  34. greenbaysucks says: Oct 15, 2011 4:24 AM

    Being a Bears fan (yikes), I think Meriweather is a total punk. He goes for the highlight hit and has no regard for his safety or anyone elses.

    That being said, how the heck fire did Roman Harper not get fined for his hit on Earl Bennett in week 2 (who is still injured)? Harper LAUNCHED himself into Bennett badly injuring his chest. Not only was there no flag on that play, but no fine.

    Total nonsense. Harper straight launched himself SPEARING Bennett with his helmet.

    Urlacher gets flagged for making a legit, awesome hit. WTF. Get it together NFL. Roman Harper is a bitch and probably likes to have intercourse with men.

  35. greenbaysucks says: Oct 15, 2011 4:26 AM

    Also, weed rules. Smoke it if you have it. If you don’t have it, get it. Then smoke it.

  36. Derty Ernie says: Oct 15, 2011 9:28 AM

    This guy couldn’t find the commish’ office if it was in a hallway with one door. Now that’s funny.

    Actually I know nothing about this guy but I agree with others that there’s been a lot of accidental hits where both helmets came together just because its football and yet the flag always went against the defender.

    What I beleive the real issue is, is some of these guys per game pay checks are unreal. The owners are telling Goodell, make football safer so we don’t lose the use of someone that we still have to pay a ton of bricks to. Its not about carring about injuries its about the old pocket books.

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