Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner (39) tries to talk with the referee after being called for pass interference against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots cornerback, and former Seattle Seahawk, Brandon Browner couldn’t even wait until he got to Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX before saying something stupid. In fact, what he said may have been the most classless thing possible.
Speaking with ESPN on the way to to the game, Browner said that the Patriots should intentionally try and injure key Seattle players.
"“I’m going to tell my teammates, ‘Go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder, try to break it if you can.’ “"
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Browner framed those statements with things that were complimentary of Seattle’s players. He even said that they’d be best friends before and after the game. The part quoted above though is just completely out of line.
Given the NFL’s hard-line stance that came about from Bounty-Gate with the New Orleans Saints, Browner should certainly be subject to a fine for his comments. Those comments were awful, and especially bad considering the role those two players had in Browner’s NFL success.
Browner’s comments will almost certainly be written off as him “just being competitive” or with some other excuse. Sherman and Thomas will go on record as saying its “not a big deal.” There is a genuine friendship by the members of the Legion of Boom, and that will likely go a long way in smoothing this over.
That doesn’t change the fact that the things he said never should have been said. This is a absolute classless act by a player I used to respect. Perhaps I will again once the dust has settled at bit, but right now I’m simply too disappointed in him.