FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2013, file photo, Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather tosses away the ball after a play during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. Meriweather has had his two-game suspension by the NFL for repeated violations of player safety rules cut in half by an appeals officer Wednesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The Associated Press
ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather says that "people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league" — a direct swipe at Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall.
Meriweather made the comment Monday after he returned from a one-game suspension for helmet-first hits.
One of the hits was made against Marshall in the Redskins' win over the Bears last week. After the game, Marshall says players such as Meriweather perhaps need to be "taken out of the game completely."
Says Meriweather: "You tell me who you'd rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?"
Marshall's checkered legal history included multiple arrests following confrontations with a girlfriend when he was playing for the Denver Broncos.
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