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Oakland Raiders' Richard Seymour Punches Ben Roethlisberger

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Mad ChadAnalyst INovember 21, 2010

In a game where officiating was at its worst, we saw Richard Seymour open-hand punch Ben Roethlisberger in the face.

Some feel Roethlisberger was taunting, some say that Ben deserved it. I don't. I know I'm considered a Roethlisberger supporter, but there is no reason to open-hand punch someone like that.

I can only imagine how everyone would have reacted if it had been Tom Brady or Peyton Manning receiving the punch. I suspect that Seymour is facing a fine or suspension. He deserves a fine and should be suspended for at least one game.

Another thing you have to think about is what if it had been a Pittsburgh Steeler that did that? What if it was Troy Polamalu? What if it was James Harrison or Ryan Clark? Based on the previous fines dealt down to Harrison this year, I imagine he would have been given a max fine and a multiple-game suspension.

Despite the fact that Big Ben has rubbed some people the wrong way over the years with his off-field actions, he did not deserve to get punched like that. Even if he was taunting. Taunting does not equal getting punched in the face.

The act committed by Seymour was both cowardly and uncalled for.

I haven't seen a cowardly act like that in the NFL since Albert Haynesworth stepped on Andre Gurode of the Dallas Cowboys. The punch also resembled an act committed by LaGarrette Blount when he in college. Blount, then playing for the Oregon Ducks, punched a Boise State player in the face because he was being "taunted."

Again, taunting does not and should not equal getting punched in the face.

Furthermore, what good did this do for the Seymour and the Oakland Radiers? It got him ejected from the game and fired up the Steeler's sideline. I'm sure Seymour was just taking out his frustration but he did it in an totally idiotic way.

How many times have we seen NFL players having over-the-top celebrations? Do they deserve to get a penalty or a talking to? Sure. Do they deserve to get punched in the face? No.

As a Steelers fan, I would like to see Seymour punished severely. Especially considering that the NFL does not tolerate violent acts towards quarterbacks. You are barely allowed to touch quarterbacks during a play, let alone after the whistle.

If James Harrison punched Tom Brady in the face Harrison would get a gajillion dollar fine and a lifetime ban.  If Seymour had punched Peyton Manning in the face like that the world might stop spinning  ....  seriously   ..... just imagine if it was Peyton Manning that got punched like that.

Roethlisberger has his faults but I have never seen him ever taunt anybody and he has no reputation for that.   According to Roethlisberger all he said was "Let's get set up for the extra point." to his teammates or something like that and I believe him.  I did not really like Brady spiking the ball against you guys after his TD run but even after that if one of the Steelers sucker punched Brady I would be calling for a five game suspension. You break Brady's jaw or in some other way injure him severely by punching him after the whistle and our Super Bowl hopes are gone.

Seymour should get a minimum five game suspension. If the NFL starts giving out just a slap on the wrist for sucker punching QBs AFTER the whistle then why even bother trying to "control" yourself?  Just start sending out your third stringers with brass knuckles on under their tape to sucker punch QBs or anybody else they want to.

You may not like Ben Roethlisberger very much, but he didn't deserve that.

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