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Meriweather: NFL should ban those that hit women

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POSTED October 28, 2013 10:04 p.m.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After saying he’s going to “take peoples’ knees out” to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather struck another blow — declaring that “people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league.”

Meriweather’s comments were a retort referencing the checkered domestic violence past of Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who last week suggested that players such as Meriweather should perhaps be “taken out of the game completely” to make the game safer.

“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather said. “If he feel like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you’d rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”

Marshall’s career has occasionally been overshadowed by off-the-field troubles, including multiple arrests following confrontations with a girlfriend when he was playing for the Denver Broncos. None of the arrests led to a conviction.

Marshall declined comment Monday.

Asked if he plans to change how he plays, Meriweather said: “I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out. ... 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.”

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