In the opinion of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, a two-game suspension isn’t good enough for Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. For Meriweather’s illegal hits to the head of Bears receiver Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, Bennett wants to return the favor.
“He’s a scumbag,” Bennett told The Boers and Bernstein Show on WSCR in Chicago. “I still want to punch him in the face.”
Bennett’s concern goes beyond protecting his own teammates. He believes all players should be protecting other players.
“What it comes down to, at the end of the day, the players have got to look out for the players,” Bennett said. “There’s a way to go out there and be a beast when you hit people, and have nobody want to come across the middle. But then there’s a way not to do it, where you’re deliberately hitting guys [high] or after the game you’re saying, ‘Oh, I’ve got to pay,’ because you know what you did was wrong when you were doing it. Then it just becomes wrong.”
Meriweather joked about the financial consequences of his hits after the game.
“Anybody else want to chip in on my dinner? I can’t afford it right now,” Meriweather said with a smile, via Joseph White of the Associated Press.
That attitude will make it even harder for Meriweather to overcome his suspension on appeal. Even if the suspension sticks, that still won’t be good enough for Bennett.