Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips National Football League for officiating on hard hits

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Mitchell - who himself has been fined four times for risky hits and taunting - was referring to the Monday Night Football fiasco in which Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati's George Iloka were handed one-game suspensions for separate hits on opposing players.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety took to Twitter to rail on the National Football League for suspending Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (a suspension that was overturned) during Monday's NFC North matchup that has drawn widespread criticism for what many deemed excessive violence and dirty play.

There were originally two suspensions, George Iloka of the Bengals and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Steelers, but Iloka's suspension was overturned Wednesday. I signed up to play full-speed contact football and we're not doing that. But to summarize, Mitchell thinks the National Football League is trying to legislate physical contact out of the game and he's not a bit happy about it. It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, man, Steelers versus the world. But when asked about options for modern players to be physical but within the rules, Mitchell picked up steam in a hurry.


Well, then have we ever got something for you. "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than, probably, the people on the Bengals". If you don't know me and you've never had a conversation with me, don't judge us on what you see in football, because football's my competitive side. "We're always the last line of defense on bang-bang plays". He discusses the need for the players to take some of the blame and be better when it comes to signing the next CBA and the disappointment in Roger Goodell and the NFL's inconsistent suspension policy. "You know what I'm saying?" You suspend a kid for playing hard. At the end of the day this is Foot-Ball. There needs to be a set guideline on how you do what you do. He wants to hit dudes and he wants to play the game of football the way he grew up playing it. Both players were given one-game suspensions and a notch off their reputation belt. 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.

"This is football. If you want to see flag football then let's take our pads off". Before I was drafted, I had $368 in my bank account.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER