Every day this week has added a new wrinkle to the controversial personal-foul called against 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks after he sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Thursday’s edition of the — what seems like — never-ending talk about the penalty, featured Brooks declining offers from former All-Pro linebackers Teddy Bruschi and Ray Lewis to help pay for his fine.
Earlier this week, Brooks was fined $15,750 for the hit on Brees. He plans to appeal the fine. Bruschi and Lewis, who are both ESPN analysts, have helped keep the hoopla over the personal-foul alive by taking to the network and expressing support for Brooks. On separate occasions, the former linebackers both pulled out their credit cards on-air saying the penalty was bogus and they would help pay for the fine.
I never thought I was going to get so much support from Ray Lewis and Ted Bruschi. ~ Ahmad Brooks
Reports have said Brooks talked to Bruschi on the phone this week and thanked him for his support. However, Brooks told Bruschi he didn’t need the help. It is not clear if Brooks has spoken with Lewis. But with the 49ers playing on Monday Night Football this week, Brooks will have a chance to talk with Lewis because he is a pre- and post-game analyst for MNF.
Brooks said he has reviewed the game film multiple times and he still disagrees with the call.
That’s how you hit somebody. I thought it was a clean hit. You can argue a little something here or there, but at the end of the day, it was a clean hit. I didn’t hit him in the head; I didn’t hit him in the neck.