After the NFL cracked down on the Saints for offering bounties for hurting opposing players, the league made it clear it wouldn’t tolerate talk of intentionally hurting players.
Toward that end, the NFL Network has confirmed reports that it has suspended analyst Brian Baldinger for six months without pay for comments he made on 97.5 The Fanatic last Friday suggesting the Eagles should intentionally hurt Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
"This is the guy that we've got to hurt," Baldinger told host Anthony Gargano on Friday morning, more than two days before Sunday night’s Eagles-Cowboys game. "This is the guy that we've got to take out of the game. There's got to be 10 guys that want to hurt him every single play. In fact, we may even put a little bounty on Ezekiel Elliott. Let’s get to [backup] Alfred Morris."
The comments were widely criticized by multiple media outlets and former players, such as ex-linebacker London Fletcher, who said it was “reckless” for Baldinger, an NFL employee, to call for a player to be injured.
Baldinger appeared on Tuesday on The Fanatic to discuss the Eagles loss, and all indications are he will make his scheduled appearance on Mornings with Anthony Gargano Thursday during the show's weekly "Meat Locker" segment. Baldinger himself did not immediately respond to a request for comment
The former lineman played 11 seasons in the NFL. In addition to his time in Philadelphia, Baldinger spent time with the Cowboys, Bills and Colts. He has been an analyst for the NFL Network for six years and is a regular contributor on The Fanatic.