NFL NEWS AT YOUWAGER: HITTING BELOW THE BELT

“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out. I’d hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better (for something to happen to) other people than me getting suspended for longer.”

– Brandon Meriweather, safety, Washington Redskins

Brandon Meriweather, as most YouWager bettors will remember, was fined not long ago, under the new NFL anti-concussion ruling against helmet-first hits, in a game against the Green Bay Packers. There was much discussion in the online wagering community about the ways the ruling might affect the game of football. Now, Brandon Meriweather has presented the sports betting world with a valid, but ruthless, option. He announced he will perfect a technique that ruins the knees of opposing receivers.

It is somewhat ironic, as one online sportsbook bettor pointed out, considering that the status of Meriweather’s quarterback, Robert Griffin III, seems to hinge on the success of his recovery from ACL surgery.

Meriweather told a YouWager news source, ”You’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s career. You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit ’em high anymore.”

When asked to respond to Meriweather’s comments, Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins, told YouWager’s source, ”I’m not sure if I would have used those choice of words. Brandon knows that he’s got to go lower or he’s not going to be playing in the National Football League. … Now the safeties have to go lower. It’s just part of the game. Nobody’s going to try to hurt anybody. But if you’re going to err on the side of caution you’d rather go low than you would high.”

Meriweather had already started changed the way he encountered receivers, but he continued to be flagged in games. Apparently, his answer to this problem will be an extreme one.

Meriweather told YouWager’s source, ”I just have to change more now. They told me to use my shoulder; I used my shoulder – I still get fined. They still say I used my head. … Everybody is looking at the tape and saying, ‘Oh, he’s a dirty player, he’s this, he’s that,’ which I get, but the thing about it – go look at the tape. I didn’t use my head in either hit, and I’m moving on from it.”

Not everyone approves. After the Brandon Marshall’s Redskins beat the Bears, and Marshall made his comments about attacking ACLs, another Brandon, Chicago’s wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, told a YouWager source, Meriweather should be ”taken out of the game completely.”

True to his mantra, Meriweather responded these remarks by hitting low. He referred to Marshall’s history of domestic abuse, saying Marshall didn’t belong in the game either. Meriweather told YouWager’s source, ”People who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league.”

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