Richard Seymour may be the most understatedly dirty player in the NFL.
Rodney Harrison, Seymour’s former teammate and the unanimous recipient of the league’s dirtiest player title more times than one player should be allowed, often said that the only difference between he and Seymour was the fact that no one knows he’s dirty.
If you watched the game or you follow me on twitter @JCyprowski, it was pretty obvious that Seymour was doing everything in his power to cause a post-play altercation, and he succeeded.
Unless you spent Sunday in a cave somewhere, and just now made your way back to the comforts of cable and the internet, you have most likely seen replays showing Ben Roethlisberger getting Debo'd by Seymour after a Steelers touchdown.
While the deed was ugly in itself, it was the culmination of a game full of cheap shots, late shoves and poor sportsmanship on Seymour’s part. The real ugly involved here is the mockery Roger Goodell is making of the NFL judicial system.
Seymour was fined just $25,000 for his actions. Players making hits at full speed in a professional football game have been fined as much as $75,000 in order to “protect the players." Meanwhile, an open handed punch to the chin that dropped an NFL quarterback to the ground long after a touchdown play was over calls for 25-large and nothing else?
As a writer and a football fan, I have long stood behind Roger Goodell. But that has changed.
It is one thing to police the NFL with an iron fist, and coming down hard on players that can’t behave off the field. It something completely different to affect the way the game is played and arbitrarily assign punishment, all the while hypocritically blaming it on having the best interest of the players' safety in mind.
Of course, adding two more games won’t add to the wear and tear, additionally put players in harms way and change the meaning of every major record set in the NFL right commissioner?
This play, and its subsequent handling, is a glaring display of what is wrong with the NFL. Unfortunately it’s going to get uglier before it gets better as the commissioner’s actions are setting the league up for a lockout.