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Brandon Meriweather-Brandon Marshall grudge in the past, new Giants safety says

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is tackled by Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (97) and defensive back Brandon Meriweather (31) in the first half of an NFL preseason game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

New Giants safety Brandon Meriweather said he'd forgotten about his tiff with current Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall when they were both on different teams in 2013. So let's remind him, shall we?

Meriweather hit Marshall in a game between Washington and Chicago. He was fined and suspended. Marshall said he thought Meriweather should be thrown out of the sport for the regularity with which he delivered illegal hits. Meriweather said Marshall should be thrown out of the league for hitting his girlfriend (Marshall has been arrested on domestic abuse charges but never convicted). Marshall said he would pray for Meriweather.

Former Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, also hit hard by Meriweather in that game, said at the time he wanted to punch the safety. But Bennett doesn't play in New York anymore.

Now that we're all caught up, fast forward to today. Meriweather, in his first meeting with the reporters who cover the Giants, was asked about his feud with Marshall in light of next week's preseason game against the Jets and, looking down the road a bit, their Dec. 6 regular-season meeting.

"That's in the past," Meriweather said on Monday. "I'm not one of those guys who hold grudges. I let things go. He might be holding a grudge, I don't know. I haven't spoken to him. But I'm not. I forgot about that a long time ago."

Luckily, reporters were there to jog his memory.

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