Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger defended wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for his block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Monday night, saying the hit wasn't deserving of a suspension, according to ESPN.
Smith-Schuster targeted Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a vicious helmet-to-helmet block that left the Bengals star on the ground and later in the hospital. Instead, it was how Smith-Schuster reacted after leveling Burfict when he stood over him and taunted him.
On Tuesday, Smith-Schuster was suspended for one game by the league. You then "celebrated" the play by standing over him and taunting him.
"The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could have been avoided", Rynyan wrote. Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player.
Smith-Schuster can expect a fine for the hit, with many calling for a suspension.
"I didn't think it was warranted", Roethlisberger said.
After the game, Brown yelled "karma" repeatedly, then said "Touchdown Brown" will pay Smith-Schuster's eventual fine. It was about as bad of a look as possible for the Steelers' rookie wideout. You got to acknowledge it and he's got to work hard so that people understand who he is from a sportsmanship standpoint.
He ended up receiving two penalties on the play, one for the hit against a defenseless player, and the other for taunting.
It's interesting that they both get the same suspension given to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for diving on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White after the play was dead and giving him a concussion. They can appeal within three business days. The Bengals were responsible for 13 flags and 173 of those yards. "Praying he gets better".
By a kid who just got his driver's license, is barely old enough to drink, but has already cemented a legacy in Steelers history by simply punching the bully in the mouth; or more accurately, blocking him in to next week. "We have a responsibility to make this game as safe as it could be possibly be". "But that being said, we still have room to grow". "And just the way he went down, it was just like - I don't know, man", Burfict said.