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Brandon Meriweather: 'I'm sorry'

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  October 20, 2010 12:03 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather made a statement to the media moments ago in the locker room.

There was a crowd of cameras in front of Meriweather's locker as he addressed the $50,000 fine he received from the NFL yesterday for two hits he made against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

"To start off I want to say once again I’m sorry for the hit. I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players, but … I don’t even know how to put it, but to be honest I just want all of this to go away," Meriweather said.

"I want to focus, with the rest of my team, on the Chargers, really not let this come up again. I’m going to try my best to play within the rules, like my coach had always taught us. I’m going to hit and play the game like my coaches have always taught us. Even in training camp, we have always been taught the proper way to hit, and I’m just going to focus on that and put it in my game in some way, shape, form, or fashion. And from here on, I’m focusing on the Chargers and anything else spoken on this, I will not comment on."

Meriweather, along with Pittsburgh's James Harrison ($75,000) and Atlanta's Dunta Robinson ($50,000), were hit with stiff fines that totaled $175,000 for "flagrant violations of player safety rules."

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