NFC East: Marshall Meriweather response

Cris Carter upset with Meriweather

October, 29, 2013
Former NFL receiver Cris Carter ripped Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for his comments targeted at Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. Carter said Marshall's history of mental illness made Meriweather's comments off-base.

After returning from his one-game suspension Monday, Meriweather said players who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league. Meriweather was asked what he thought of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett saying he wanted to punch Meriweather and Marshall saying that Meriweather should be either suspended or kicked out of the league.

Marshall has been arrested multiple times for domestic violence. In 2011, Marshall said he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. According to the National Institute of Health, those who suffer from this have: problems with regulating emotions and thoughts; impulsive and reckless behavior and unstable relationships.

Carter has served as a mentor to Marshall.

“I’m disappointed in him because what Brandon Marshall has is a serious condition and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone," Carter, an ESPN NFL analyst, said on Mike & Mike Tuesday morning. "And I have been there on the other end of phone calls and I wasn’t proud because I’m mentoring this kid and the things he did. But right now Brandon Marshall is as healthy as he has ever been. He does have issues but every day he gets up and he deals with his issues. So for me, to have NFL players bickering through the news about real, real issues … it’s disappointing … it’s really disappointing … and it’s totally unprofessional.”

Brandon Meriweather hits back hard

October, 28, 2013

ASHBURN, Va. -- One comment will draw bigger headlines and more debate. The other matters more. In both cases it can’t be the way the NFL hoped Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather would return from his one-game suspension.

And, yes, Meriweather really went there with Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. Meriweather came across as a wounded friend when he dug deep and personal with Marshall. The Chicago Bears receiver said Meriweather should be suspended or banned because of his repeated illegal hits.

Meriweather returned serve by saying anyone who beats their girlfriend should be out of the league, too. Marshall, of course, has multiple arrests for doing such a thing (but no conviction).

Uh, wow. Thing is, there are many who probably love what Meriweather said and perhaps agree. And, the reality is, it makes for good copy. As a reporter you never want to tell a player to stifle their comments. I’d rather a guy is honest and, in this case, it was raw honesty. Meriweather and Marshall have a relationship and the Bears’ wideout told ESPN’s Linda Cohn last week that they spoke on the phone. In the end, one guy said player X should be kicked out of the league and player X responded in kind, by going personal. It’s a backyard fight.

But the comments that matter more center on what Meriweather said about his new target: players’ knees. Whether he was serious or not, he repeated it twice, saying the NFL would rather have players’ knees ruined than to hit up high. Where, of course, they could suffer a concussion, which could lead to other issues down the line.

"I guess I just got to take people's knees out," Meriweather said, resigned about what he must do and clearly confused as to what's a good hit anymore.

What Meriweather said is simply what many defensive players believe, about what the NFL would rather see when it comes to hits. However, those players aren’t coming off a suspension for illegal hits. With one more hit leading to a much longer one. It’s not like Meriweather was convicted of a crime and now must show repentance. But he needs to show more understanding of why he’s in this spot. And he needs to let the NFL know he understands, in a more political way, what they expect from him. Nobody wants to be known as a dirty player, but Meriweather has put himself in a spot that every hit will be scrutinized heavily. Of course, he was probably already there anyway.

Thing is, Meriweather had a while to think about what he wanted to say. And this is what he decided was best.

“You’ve got to change,” Meriweather said. “And the way the league is going, I’m going to have to.”

There’s no doubt the NFL, and the Redskins, wish he had stopped there.