As you know by now, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games for a pair of hits in Sunday’s game.
In interviews, defensive teammates DeAngelo Hall and Barry Cofield defended at least the first of the two hits. The Bears, not surprisingly, are not defending Meriweather.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said players like Meriweather have no place in the game. And tight end Martellus Bennett went further during his weekly appearance on Chicago’s 670 The Score. (Audio here.)
“You got out of there without getting clobbered illegally by Brandon Meriweweather, so that’s a victory,” one of the segment’s hosts said.
“Oh, I still want to punch him in the face,” Bennett said.
“Well, he got suspended two games,” a host said.
“We don’t get any of his money,” Bennett noted.
“And did you hear what he said?” the host asked. “He was joking about it after the game. I don’t know if you read his comments, talking about oh I’m gonna need some help paying for my dinner because of all these fines. I thought that was appalling that he would do that, that he would endanger the livelihood of two different receivers and then joke about it afterward.”
“The scumbag,” Bennett said, before talking more seriously about the issue. “What it comes down to, at the end of the day, the players have got to look out for the players. 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. It’s not ignorance, because he knows what he’s doing, or guys know what they’re doing. Some guys are making these attacks on other guys.
“And it’s like, these guys have kids, they have livelihoods,” Bennett continued. “You never want to see that happen to a guy. And I don’t think you would want to be a guy that causes that type of emotional pain on his family, his livelihood, whether a guy can walk or do things. Because football’s football. At the end of the day, it’s not who we are; it’s just what we do. There’s only like 1,500 of us in the NFL, doing this at this level. You’ve got a bunch of guys that may be on your team next year. You never know when a guy may be on your team. You don’t want to have to deal with that guy in the locker room. If I’m in the same team with you and that happens, I’m gonna try to get you every single day, you know what I’m saying? So I just think it’s wrong…. I don’t know. I don’t play defense, either, so I don’t have to tackle.”
“Most guys that do that can’t cover,” Bennett later added.