Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips officiating: 'Just hand us all some flags'

Aubrey Yates
Декабря 7, 2017

Coming off a contentious win Monday night in Cincinnati, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell Wednesday went on a profanity-laced rant for over four minutes on the state of National Football League on-field and off-field discipline. The Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals in a hard-nosed game that ended in a Steelers' 23-20 win.

Mitchell's frustration likely stems from the one-game suspension handed down to Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for his hit on Bengals linebacker/cheap-shot artist Vontze Burfict.

"First you're taking our money, but now I got assholes like Matt Hasselback calling me a dirty player and trying my character, and we've never met before", Mitchell said.

Former NFLer Osi Umenyiora, who spent 12 seasons in the league before retiring in 2014, took to Twitter and blasted Mitchell for his "ridiculous" comments, all while reminding him of the dangers that former and current players have faced as a result of the game they play. "I feel like I've got to ask a guy, "Hey are you ready for me to hit you right" now before I hit you?"

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The speed of the game simply doesn't allow for less hitting, Mitchell said. You have to know the risk when you sign up. "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals, so don't give me that name". Who's side are you on?

It's an issue that wasn't much of an issue, at least in conversation, until revelations over the physical toll football takes on players' bodies, especially their brains, has come to light in recent years.

The suspension for Smith-Schuster is also drawing criticism due to the similar one-game ban of New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. We gotta get better leadership as who's running the league, because obviously everybody, from fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell. "You know what I'm saying?" Some players have been fined, some have been suspended, some are still in concussion protocol. "We can't have a guy where you just hand out discipline how you see fit".

"But let's not try to turn football into a risky, barbaric game". Except the Hasselbeck thing anyway - he was mad that Hasselbeck said his hit on Alex Smith was dirty, but the league did fine Mitchell nearly $50,000 for the hit and Smith was pretty mad about it. There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do. Before I got drafted, I had $368 to my bank account.

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