The Steelers and Bengals played in what ought to be termed a gladiator fight rather than a football game on Monday night.
The long-standing rivalry has frequently gotten out of hand, but MNF was a new low, specifically after a JuJu Smith-Schuster helmet-to-helmet block on Vontaze Burfict, which was clearly intentional.
JuJu then stood over his victim, taunting Burfict as he lay on the turf with a concussion.
Juju Smith-Schuster...my goodness. pic.twitter.com/bRgnSMBtOc— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) December 5, 2017
Whether Burfict had it coming is irrelevant, as one should never look to even the score with perhaps the most villainous player in pro football.
As a result, Smith-Schuster has been suspended for a game, pending appeal. The former USC wideout's teammate came to his defense on twitter, however, with a scathing review of Roger Goodell's leadership.
Mike Mitchell from the top rope!
So now your suspended for helmet to helmet... @nfl is a joke— Mike Mitchell (@iammikemitchell) December 5, 2017
Simple enough. Had the rant ended there, we wouldn't have much to argue about.
So gronk elbow drops a guy off the top rope like Dusty Rhodes and gets same suspension as a guy getting a penalty making a football play. Okay cool @NFL @espn @ESPNNFL can’t wait to see what you come up with next.— Mike Mitchell (@iammikemitchell) December 5, 2017
Mitchell views JuJu and Gronk's even suspensions as a skewed precedent, stating that one was clearly more violent than the other.
And now for the haymaker.
I’m teaming with Jerry jones Roger has to go! #MakeFootballFootballAgain— Mike Mitchell (@iammikemitchell) December 5, 2017
Sure ya wanna team up with the man who wants to cut players for kneeling during the anthem?
Fair enough, we'll let this one go as a solid troll, but Mitchell's viewpoint is biased, speaking as a teammate of a rookie who might have just tainted his reputation with one swift yet merciless motion.
We know where his priorities lie.