With all of the hype, attention, and outrage over Ahmad Brooks' hit on Drew Brees last week, you would have thought the 49ers linebacker was banned for life from the NFL. You would have thought Drew Brees was some kind of criminal mastermind who orchestrated a sinister plot to take over the world. The hit and the 15 yard penalty became a talking point from the game, even though the Saints went on to stop the 49ers on their next drive and then kick a game winning field goal as time expired.
Those facts became forgotten in the aftermath with the focus on Brooks. ESPN's former defensive players were particularly incensed and began to get involved in the story. On Monday Night Countdown, Ray Lewis flashed his credit card on screen and offered to pay half Brooks' fine. (Could he not afford the whole thing?) Not to be outdone, ESPN's Tedy Bruschi offered to pay one-third of the fine as well because he wanted the attention too apparently. Bruschi also weirdly told Drew Brees to "get tough" as if not missing a play after nearly getting decapitated was somehow a sign that he isn't "manly enough" to play in the NFL. It's worth reminding you that Brees has never missed a game due to injury in New Orleans and has had a Hall of Fame career after what was almost a career ending shoulder injury.
Anyways, we thankfully have a resolution to this story as ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Brooks refused the help from his fellow linebackers in paying his fine.no comments