Steelers Mike Mitchell speaks out on confusion over National Football League rules


Coming off a contentious win Monday night in Cincinnati, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell Wednesday went on a profanity-laced rant for over four minutes on the state of National Football League on-field and off-field discipline.

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.

The Steelers free safety was echoing comments he had already made on Twitter in defense of friend and then-suspended Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka. Mitchell is one of the most gray-area players in the National Football League so it only makes sense he would defend the actions of the guys who cross the line.

Mitchell said the CBA his peers voted to approve in 2011 gives Roger Goodell and the league too much unchecked power over fines and suspensions.

Yes, there are inconsistencies and holes in the NFL's enforcement of these rules. Because we're not playing football. I think we're all very well aware of the dangers of the game.

"I understand that, from the fans' perspective. You know what I'm saying?" If you don't want to get injured then don't come out here.

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"I don't like to compare players and suspensions, things like that, but if you look at what Gronk did and what JuJu did and they got the same suspension - I don't know if that's necessarily fair", Roethlisberger said. I don't think there's any way it can be eliminated. "You hit them in the pocket and in that way money always talks". Nobody signed up for that. So this whole "trying to take away my football, ' it's nonsensical". Smith-Schuster's block on Burfict happened during a play. People are dying. People are dying in very, very bad ways because of this head trauma. Smith-Schuster's was not. That really got Mitchell mad. Foster said. "That's who I see it".

"Now I talk to some of my former teammates, guys in their 30s, and I talk to them and I can tell there's something starting to go wrong", he said.

So when Umenyiora hears players complaining about football going soft, he can't believe his ears.

Mike Mitchell is fed up.

"If you want to see flag football, let us take our pads off and make it easier for me". "What are you talking about?" He said there will still be crashes and collisions, but if you're wearing a seat belt, "you aren't going to die". Obviously I'm a little flustered, but we've just got to do better. "For people to be against that in any form or fashion, the players especially, is just stupid".