Steelers kicker believes Bengals were intentionally trying to injure him

Beth Cruz
December 9, 2017

Ben Roethlisberger was expecting wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to be fined, perhaps steeply, for his hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Monday night.

In his letter to Smith-Schuster notifying him of the suspension, Runyan noted that Smith-Schuster violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture and Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct.

Roethlisberger feels that what Gronkowski did was more severe.

"You are suspended for the risky and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game".

Smith-Schuster appealed his suspension, but it was upheld.

"I didn't think it was warranted", he said.


"It wasn't away from the ball. Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player". "It was a guy getting ready to make a tackle, a much bigger football player". You then "celebrated" the play by standing over him and taunting him.

It was the first suspension for each player. It's a reviewable play to improve the accuracy of the call, but it's still polarizing among fans.

Money collected for violations included in the schedule of fines are designated for programs for former players. They also receive information on how to appeal the fine. If they lose their appeal, they will sit out next week's game. The officer assigned to the case reviews the play and hears the league's case and the player's defense.

"I was just playing to the whistle", Smith-Schuster said.

"I feel like with both suspensions, if that's how the commissioner wants to go forward, I feel like now we know", Moats said.

"There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do", Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell said. It's absolutely absurd. Like I said, it's Steelers vs.

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