Ray Lewis is offering to pay half of any potential fine levied on 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks for his hit on Drew Brees that drew a penalty flag on Sunday.
Brooks was slapped with a 15-yard roughing the passer call and the extra yardage helped the Saints pull out a crucial NFC victory. After the game, Brooks called the penalty a joke.
Apparently, Lewis thinks the penalty was a joke too, as he said the following during a discussion panel with Stuart Scott, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer:
“This is the most embarrassing call in the National Football League since the tuck rule and Tom Brady. I’m serious. I’ve just never seen this type of insult to defenders. When you do your job, when you make the perfect play — if he takes the same hit — if he takes the same hit –and hits a quarterback like Peyton Manning who’s six-four, six-five, he hits him in his chest area. Drew Brees is six-foot or shorter. When you look at the hit, Ahmad Brooks took the hit and hit him exactly where he was supposed to hit him. Drew Brees’ neck slid DOWN to that man arm. You cannot — you cannot — first of all, for that to be a flag is embarrassing. Let me tell you the second embarrassing thing. The second part that’s embarrassing about this is for Drew Brees to say, ‘I got hit so hard I knew it had to be a flag.’ THIS IS THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS. When you get hit like that from the blind side, it’s supposed to hurt!
“But I’ll tell you this, if they fine this kid, if they go on record and they fine this kid, Ahmad Brooks, I’ll gonna do something personally. I’m gonna pay half. Half. [Trent Dilfer interrupts: "He's gonna get fined, Ray."] If they fine this kid, Trent, I’m gonna pay half of this kid’s fine, because of one reason — because of one reason — defenders have to be respected as men before anything else. [...] And that man laid a clean hit and that cost the San Francisco 49ers a complete football game yesterday and could have cost them in the playoffs.”
Lewis even pulled out his American Express card to show how committed he is to the cause.
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