DeMaurice Smith: Brandon Meriweather is sorry for what he said

AP

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather won’t be disciplined for saying that he’ll try to end careers by aiming at opponents’ knees in the wake of his one-game suspension for aiming at their heads, but that doesn’t mean anyone was happy with what he had to say.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith posted a statement to the union’s website regarding Meriweather’s comments after speaking to the safety. While Meriweather hasn’t apologized or clarified his comments, Smith said that he is apologetic.

“I spoke to Brandon. He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said,” Smith said. “He is concentrating on helping his team win the rest of the season. Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game.”

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports also got a statement from NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks, who handles disciplinary matters among other responsibilities, about his own conversation with Meriweather.

“We have no higher priority than player health and safety,” Hanks said. “Recent comments by Brandon Meriweather call into question his commitment to that objective and were clearly inappropriate. I have spoken with Brandon, and he understands what is expected of him as an NFL player, which includes avoiding any acts that unnecessarily and unreasonably endanger the welfare of other players.”

Plenty of players have been able to play well on defense by focusing their energies on delivering hits in the area between the head and the knees, something Meriweather and others should keep in mind. Issues of player safety and the integrity of the game aren’t going to go away and they should be open to adjustment, but the idea that you can’t make legal hits without trying to hurt players is not a truthful one.

32 responses to “DeMaurice Smith: Brandon Meriweather is sorry for what he said

  1. Safeties all over the league are feeling the same frustration as Meriweather. He spoke the truth. They have to tackle low now or they’ll be fined. WRs aren’t going to like it, but it’s the reality of the game now.

  2. Why is all the bad behavior lately attributed to “passionate about the game!” I call BS on that. The NFLPA needs to be passionate about promoting professional behavior.

  3. Well, thanks Dee Smith for telling us that Brandon is sorry, because obviously the foot in his mouth is too big to talk around! When HE is ready to apologize, people may listen……. but they probably won’t believe him!

  4. assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Oct 31, 2013 12:46 PM
    Safeties all over the league are feeling the same frustration as Meriweather. He spoke the truth. They have to tackle low now or they’ll be fined. WRs aren’t going to like it, but it’s the reality of the game now
    ___________________________
    BS.
    Earl Thomas can tackle correctly and is a defensive mvp candidate already.

    JUst watch him or Sean Lee if you need a lesson.

  5. What does “Longneck” Hanks do if dude goes out and blows someone’s knee out in his first game back… isn’t that like premeditated (career) murder?

  6. It’s a shame that Smith feels the need to forsake 99% if his constituency for one piece of garbage.

  7. That’s not passion! Saying, ” I can’t end your career by knocking your brain around so I’m gonna tear your ACL instead” isn’t passion, it’s stupidity. God forbid you plant your shoulder pads into someone’s chest or better yet, make a form tackle around the waist/thighs and drive through the tackle. That’d be an absurd concept!

  8. Today’s Twitter-fed, Talking-head, All-about Me, Any-publicity is Good-publicity attitudes of the current day ‘professional entertainers’ are killing this country.

    Whatever happened to common sense, decency, self-respect?

  9. Pardon Me for NOT taking your word for it. You have no credibility with the fans of the NFL and as for Mr. Meriweather, he will have to 1. come out publicly and say it himself – not through the NFLPA himself, and 2. convince the other 31 teams that will line up against him that he has no intention of playing the way he has said he would.

  10. Merriweather was one of the few players who could get Belichick to lose it on the sideline over his dumb plays. Bill usually reserves his wrath for the officials and keeps his displeasure with the players private. Brandon has been a headhunter since he came into the league and while playing at the U.

  11. Yeah, we’re going to have to hear it from Brandon’s mouth and not from Smith or a lawyer/ PR department statement with legalese perfect grammar and non-apology apology.

  12. Isn’t he smart enough to speak for himself? If he was really and truly sorry that is exactly what he would do.

  13. bigbenh8tr says:
    Oct 31, 2013 1:04 PM
    assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Oct 31, 2013 12:46 PM
    Safeties all over the league are feeling the same frustration as Meriweather. He spoke the truth. They have to tackle low now or they’ll be fined. WRs aren’t going to like it, but it’s the reality of the game now
    ___________________________
    BS.
    Earl Thomas can tackle correctly and is a defensive mvp candidate already.

    JUst watch him or Sean Lee if you need a lesson.

    —–

    Sean Lee isn’t a safety smart guy, and he’s also not very aware – always getting knocked out by WR’s and such

  14. The NLFPA just dropped 1 notch in my book, for making up the B.S. that he is sorry for what he said. Don’t put words into print which were never said by him! It is all just a “cover our a$$ ” statement so the next time(there will be a next time) he delivers a cheap shot, the league might go easy on him.

  15. Meriweather seems to act as if he can do what he pleases on the field, and that the NFL will tolerate his actions. He may find himself begging the CFL or the Lingerie Football League for a job with that attitude. The NFL keeps on going, while players come and go. Get another job if you’re going to play dirty Meriweather.
    Ronnie Lott was the most feared safety of his day. He played within the rules at that time, and is beloved to this day for his hard hitting, clean play. He never needed to spout off about what he was going to do to other players. He got inside their heads with his ferocious play.
    You’re no Ronnie Lott, Brandon Meriweather.

  16. Great advice from his agent. Just a tad too little too late, in my opinion. The league, specifically, the other teams that let him go knows him, the opposing players and his own teammates , knows him, and the fans, including some die-hard skin fans, know him. I’m not sure of the duration of his current contract but if he’s not back with the skins next season, I seriously doubt he’ll get any looks or draw interest from any other team.

    His style of play is considered dirty in today’s NFL and it is, because of all of the safety concerns that the league has been held accountable of. He’s not going to change as if to try and play different for the sake of safety and not being fined or suspended. That’s who he is, that is how he plays. This apology is just blowing smoke in people’s eyes to try and save whatever positive reputation he still has out there, if any.

    Arrogant, selfish, inconsiderate and a head-hunter. Thanks for playing, NEXT!!!

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