Richard Seymour: Justice Not Served With Fine For Punching Ben Roethlisberger

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer INovember 22, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The speculation has ended.

The world now knows the punishment for punching an opposing quarterback, after the play was obviously over: $25,000.

Roger Goodell has decided that the fine to Oakland Raiders DE, Richard Seymour for punching Ben Roethlisberger in the face after the Steelers scored a touchdown, is going to be $25,000.

If this was a first offense, then it would be somewhat understandable. However, this is not the first time that Seymour has punched another player.

With the dust officially kicked up, we know that Roger Goodell has no interest in fairness.

The two questions that arise for me, from this punishment, are as follows.

1 - What does a player have to do, in order for Goodell to suspend him?

2 - What is going to happen when someone punches Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?

For my first question, I believe that Goodell has shown that he has no interest in suspending anyone.

After the obvious punch to Roethlisberger, and no suspension, then it is obvious that for a player to be suspended, he is going to have to go WAY over board.

Oh, punching someone IS way over board? Yeah, I know. I am assuming that there is going to take some type of manslaughter charge in order for a player to be suspended.

Either that, or false accusations that the player made out with a girl in a bathroom (OH, wait, that gets you four games).

As for my second question, I am NOT the kind of person that wishes injury on anyone. I do have to say that, I hope this Sunday, someone punches either Brady or Manning in the face.

If that is to happen, and the player has no previous incidents, I am curious as to what Roger Goodell is going to do about it.

When Roethlisberger gets hit, he shakes it off, and plays the game. What is going to happen when something happens to one of the NFL's "Golden Boys"?

Time will only tell, but Goodell may have officially set a precedent that he is not able to live up to. And when that happens, everyone is going to know that Goodell needs to be replaced.