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Brandon Meriweather: 'I'm Sorry For The Hit'

A day after receiving a $50,000 fine from the NFL (but no suspension) for his hit on Todd heap, the Patriots' Brandon Meriweather issued a statement in the team's locker room, saying, in part, that he is sorry for the hit. 

"To start off I want to say once again I'm going to say 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."

During the statement, Meriweather was described as "emotional" by three separate Patriots beat reporters. Meriweather did not answer any questions.