After being suspended for Sunday's game for repeated violations of the leagues head-to-head contact policy against the Bears, Meriweather lashed out at Marshall, who said that there was no place for Meriweather's illegal hits in the NFL, by pointing to accusations of domestic abuse by Marshall:
"He feel like I need to be kicked out of the league? You know, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out the league, too. So, you tell me who you’d rather have: Somebody who play aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?"
Marshall had previously been accused of abuse in a civil suit by an ex-girlfriend, but the claims were dismissed last year.
Meriweather also said the league was forcing players to make dangerous lower body tackles by punishing head-to-head hits:
'To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now, man,' Meriweather said. '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.'
BENOIT: Seahawks-Rams Monday Night Football Preview Meriweather had originally been suspended for two games for his illegal hits against Chicago, but the suspension was reduced to one game on appeal.