FOXBORO - Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather spoke to the media Wednesday, a day after he was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. Meriweather struggled to keep his emotion in check as he issued a statement from his locker. He did not take any questions from the media on the subject.
"Once again, I just want to say I'm sorry for the hit, I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players," said Meriweather. "To be honest, I just want all of this to go away. I want to focus with the rest of times on the Chargers and really not let this come up again. I'm going to try my best to play within the rules, as my coach has always taught us ... We have always been taught the proper way to hit and focus on that and put it in my game in some way, form or fashion. From here on, I'm focusing on the Chargers and anything else spoken about this I will not comment...
The NFL admitted it was a mistake to allow photos of illegal hits from Sunday's games to be sold at NFL.com. Pictures of hits by Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather and Steelers linebacker James Harrison, which resulted in fines of $50,000 and $75,000, respectively, were made available by an outside vendor that used an automated process, the league said.
"We regret mistake," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Wednesday. "Those photos will be removed ASAP & we will ensure no photos of illegal plays r available again."
Meanwhile, Harrison indicated he plans to appeal his fine, and he questioned if he could continue playing in the league following the "travesty" of his fine.
"The way that things were being explained to me [Tuesday] and the reasoning for it, I don't feel I can continue to play and be effective, and, like I say, not have to worry about...
Senator Scott Brown called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the case of Danroy “DJ” Henry, a Pace University football player from Easton who was shot and killed by New York police early Sunday morning outside a bar near the school’s campus.
Brown said he has been in communication with Henry’s family in Easton and wanted to share the information that Henry was not drinking and instead was at the bar to drive his friends home when a brawl broke out and police arrived.
“This kid was the designated driver,” Brown said. “He wasn’t drinking, and no drugs. He swung around to pick up some people. Apparently, he had the big stereo system with the woofers and he was parked in the fire lane. When the officer apparently knocked on his window, he took off, thinking that they wanted him to move, apparently.”
As Henry drove away...
A fan who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night apparently had a crush on movie star Cameron Diaz and wished harm upon Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has dated Diaz. According to a New York Post story, Grim LeRogue, who legally changed his name from Joe Rogan, was carrying five pictures, including one of A-Rod with an X on his face and a gun pointed at his head. Written on the photo was this threat: "You have to go bud, you've ruined too many of our white queens." LeRogue, who was quickly detained but struggled aggressively, also had a picture of Diaz with a message saying: "We will be together soon."
The 33-year-old, who has a record of prior arrests for assault and burglary, also had a photo of Osama bin Laden with a note saying: "I will serve you." Charged with assault and interfering witha sporting event, LeRogue was was held...
A controversial second-inning homer from Robinson Cano proved meaningless as the Rangers slugged their way to a 10-3 victory over the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship series. They now hold a 3-1 series advantage.
A 20-year-old fan appeared to reach over and touch Cano's solo-shot in a scene reminiscent of the 1996 ALCS Jeffrey Maier incident. Cano's dinger put New York up, 1-0, and the Yankees held a 3-2 lead until a three-run homer from Bengie Molina off A.J. Burnett made it 5-3 in favor of the Rangers. Texas continued to add to what became eight unanswered runs, including two homers from Josh Hamilton.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left the game in the fifth inning due to a strained hamstring. After a preliminary test revealed it to be strained, the team scheduled an MRI for their slugger. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game that "barring some miracle,"...
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