That’s too bad that he feels he needs to joke like that in the media. As far as I am concerned that’s a brutal comment to make about any opponent, ex-player or not. What if Tom Higgins came out in the media saying that he hopes his players tackle Nealon Greene low and take out his knees and put him out for the season (again)? Shivers would be braying like the jackass he is, calling for discipline against Higgins.
Or even worse, he would up the ante and so it goes until someone does get hurt. Then what does he say? “Sorry, I didn’t mean for that to happen” Football is a rough enough sport, especially with jobs on the line in exhibition and Shivers knows that. If I were Tom Wright I would be talking to him privately about this “break his neck” crap and if it happened again, I would fine him and publicly admonish him. Third time? I would suspend the guy and get him the hell out of the league. If it’s left to continue what’s next, open bounty on players heads.
And before all you Rider fans freak out on me, consider this. It’s training camp and there are players fighting for positions on the team. If they need something like this to motivate them and “fire them up”, what does that say about the character and quality of the players on your team? Please don’t give me the song and dance that the vets need it to play harder cause it’s preseason. They are professionals and should be able to step up and play hard come game time, no matter what.