Sport Steelers' Mike Mitchell goes on rant against Roger Goodell in wake of suspensions

00:15  07 december  2017
00:15  07 december  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Steelers safety Mike Mitchell has had enough of fines and suspensions for dirty hits. He went on a rant about it during Pittsburgh's media availability Wednesday.

"This is foot...ball, if you want to see flag football then let's take our pads off, that'll make it easier for me cause then I don't have to wear heavy s—," he said. "But then give me flags for us to pull off because then I know what we're playing."

Mitchell has been fined several times for hits in his career, but the source of his anger stems from the fines and suspensions from Monday night's matchup with the Bengals. Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended for his hit on Vontaze Burfict, and Bengals safety George Iloka was fined for his hit on Antonio Brown.

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"We've got to do better as players when we sign the next CBA, we've got to get better leadership as who's running the league because obviously everybody from fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell," Mitchell said. "We've just got to do better, we can't have a guy where you just hand out discipline on how you see fit, there needs to be a set guideline of how we do what we do."

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Mitchell has had enough, and beyond this, he has heard enough.

"At first you're taking our money, but now I've got a— like Matt Hasselbeck calling me a dirty player and trying my character and we've never met before," Mitchell said. "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals, so don't give me that name."

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