No discipline for Brandon Meriweather’s comments on attacking opponent’s knees

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Coming off a one-game suspension for repeated violations of the player safety rules regarding blows to the head of defenseless players, Brandon Meriweather vowed to start aiming lower at opposing players to avoid getting fined.

Meriweather said he’ll have to start targeting players’ knees at the risk of ending their careers instead of shots to the upper body of opposing players.

“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” Meriweather said, via Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “That’s the only way. . . .  I’d hate to end a guy’s career, you know, over a rule.  But I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer. . . .

“To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now.  You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know?  You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now.  You can’t hit them high no more.  You’ve just got to go low.”

According to Tom Pelissero of the USA Today, the league will not levy any further discipline against Meriweather for the comments.

“We are not approaching it as a matter that requires discipline,” league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email.

Meriweather was initially suspended for two games before an appeal reduced the suspension to just one game.

31 responses to “No discipline for Brandon Meriweather’s comments on attacking opponent’s knees

  1. Wow Greg Williams says similar things with the Saints and all hell breaks loose. Never mind, the NFL settled their lawsuit so now all is good. Such crap!

  2. He makes a valid point. With the new safety rules funneling hits lower it’s only logical to see a rise in all kinds of knee injuries.

  3. The NFL has 765,000,000 reasons why they aren’t fining Meriweather*

    *765,000,000 is related to the terrible concussion settlement that helps no players or families who died before 2006.

  4. Marshalls right he should be out of the league… Scumbag not hard to wrap up and tackle someone without usin the helmet or goin for the knees

  5. I honestly think he said it all tongue-in-cheek.

    No fan of the Skins or Meriweather at all, but I am a Libra, so I always see both sides.

  6. why would he get suspended for that? They are supposed to hit the knees anyways other wise what is he aiming for? Should he rap his hand around their feet and hope it works? Its not like he said “I guess I’m going to have to sab a guy in the knees to get him down” so let’s calm it down people

  7. There’s a big area below the head and above the knees, if you can’t hit there you don’t belong in the NFL.

  8. Dude was obviously was making a point and being facetious sp…
    All anyone wants to do is fibre someone

  9. This is really Merriweather’s only way of staying relevant, and in the news. Look at his history, he never stays long with any team he plays for.

  10. I’m sick of this clown. There’s no doubt, smaller defensive backs need to go low in order to make tackles – but there’s no need to come out and say you’re aiming to end careers.

  11. “We are not approaching it as a matter that requires discipline”.
    Why the hell not? Kill two birds with one stone. Change the name to Washington Douchbags and call that the penalty. See how long he’s on the roster.

  12. Not a smart thing to say when your franchise QB has fragile knees. Lead with your shoulder to blow them up Brandon. It was clear you were using your helmet as a weapon out there.

  13. If he is not good enough to adjust his game then I hope a receiver is thinking the same thing and takes his stupid arse out. Done for the season. WHAT A DOUCHBAG.

  14. Dude is exactly right. The NFL has made it pretty clear to defensive backs that they cannot bring the wood anymore despite that being one of the reasons that the NFL was as successful as it was in the 70s, 80s and 90s when it made going for the head highlight reel material.

    Now that the NFL fears concussion lawsuits defenders are taught to go low because the league has gone from honoring big hits like Chuck Bednarik once laid on Frank Gifford to making those same hits a giant fine and suspension.

    So instead of concussions we will see an inordinate amount of torn ACLs and knee injuries until that becomes the next point of emphasis.

    Receivers have basically been given the keys to the kingdom over the past 30 years. Every rule enacted has allowed less and less to be allowed on defense. We aren’t far from the days where flags are thrown instead of tackles.

  15. Someone is going to get him good, like REALLY good and when that happens, no one will shed a tear.

  16. It’s become very clear the redskins need a Public relations rep. Obviously he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. It’s not his fault the rules were changed halfway through his career. As far as him body tackling Brandon Marshall….get real….Marshall is huge. It’s not his fault that’s how he was taught to knock the ball out. Neither player should have made either comment

  17. Some people just don’t understand hitting and the new league rules…. dirty or not he has to aim down (hips to knee) as most players when they run the mid section is too difficult to hit without taking a chance at a head to head, shoulder pad to head, etc.. If you think its easy then you don’t know or understand the game.

  18. The most comical thing about most of you bloggers that post negative comments have not tackled anyone ever as a child, teen and let alone a adult weighing anywhere from 210 to 240 and you only weight 190 lbs. So its easy for us to say wrap up…..

  19. If this guy hits just one opponent in the knees after making this statement, my suggestion to his teammate RG3 is to retire immediately and never take the field again if he wants to save what’s left of his own knees.

  20. It’s not the hit, it’s the unnecessary hit. Couple of rules every player should TRY to abide by; don’t lead with the helmet and TRY to avoid guy’s knees.

  21. “To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know? You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit them high no more. You’ve just got to go low.”

    Logically, if he is able to aim low, then he could instead aim at the body too. By his own admission, he chooses to ” …got to end people’s careers”.

  22. Brandon keep your mouth shut and play, also you are going to have to change your style of play this isn’t the 1980’s or 1990’s anymore.Back then it was accepted but not now.

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