When news broke that the NFL suspended Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the 2014 season, Twitter reactions came fast and furious. Meriweather has a checkered past of violating unnecesary roughness rules throughout his NFL career, but the hit against Baltimore's Torrey Smith did not seem illegal to Meriweather or Washington teammate DeAngelo Hall. Hall took to Twitter to defend his teammate.
@nfl SMH Most of the guys making the rules never played the game before but they want to tell us what's best for the game.... Yeah right— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) August 25, 2014
@nfl how do you adjust your target on a person who keeps changing there strike zone. My guy aim low and the WR lowered his head— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) August 25, 2014
Trying to do the right things it hurts. It hurts me that my brother has to go thru this. When you didn't lead with his helmet. #AllShoulder— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) August 25, 2014
Certainly the repeat nature of Meriweather's violations are a big part of the suspension. No tweets yet from the suspended safety, but Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo also expressed his frustration with the suspension.
This some BS!!!!!! Meriweather 2 games suspension really smh— Brian Orakpo (@rak98) August 25, 2014
And then my boy Meriweather gets suspended for playing in these MEANINGLESS preseason games damn shame I'm so pissed right now— Brian Orakpo (@rak98) August 25, 2014
On the field, Meriweather's suspension could mean Bacarri Rambo starts the first two games of the year for Washington. Also, the suspension creates an additional roster spot while Meriweather is forced to sit out. More players reaction below:
What else is @BMeriweather31 suppose to do he did what y'all asked him to do lower his target he did that still get suspended for a good hit— Chris Baker (@cbaker92redskin) August 25, 2014
It is football we do hit hard in this sports let us play ball stop taking our money and coming up with these crazy rules— Chris Baker (@cbaker92redskin) August 25, 2014
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