The Pittsburgh Steelers whipped the Oakland Raiders 35-3 today and it seems that the drubbing caused some hard feelings with the Raiders.
Big Ben had just thrown a touchdown when al of a sudden, Richard Seymour in a fit of desperation turned and bitch-slapped Roethlisberger with an open right hand. The slap dropped Roethlisberger to the ground.
Seymour was ejected from the game and undoubtedly will face a sure fine and possible suspension from the league office tomorrow morning.
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After the game, Seymour told the media he was sorry for the outburst.
“I apologize to my teammates,” Seymour said. “I never want to do anything to hurt the team. You always want to protect yourself, but there’s no excuse.”
Seymour said he was confused by Roethlisberger approaching him after the score.
“I’m not sure why he [Roethlisberger] ran up on me. I just turned around and it was a natural reaction,” Seymour told media after the 35-3 loss.
Seymour said he doesn’t remember Roethlisberger saying anything to him and Roethlisberger said afterwards he was stunned by Seymour’s actions.
“I just said let’s get ready for the extra point. It blew my mind,” Roethlisberger said. “We knew coming in that it was going to be a physical game. There was a lot of pushing and shoving and extracurricular stuff. It was a physical-natured game. I remember trying to get between guys, ‘Let’s move on, we scored, let’s go.’”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said it wouldn’t change his opinion of the 11-year veteran.
“I haven’t seen a quarterback get punched since I’ve been in this league after a play like that. It was unfortunate,” Tomlin told the media after the game. “I got big-time respect for Richard Seymour as a football player. That guy’s got an 11-year resume that’s pretty impressive as a professional … I’m not going to let that play cloud my opinion of Richard Seymour.”
Seymour also was ejected Dec. 27 for hitting Browns running back Jerome Harrison after a play was over. Seymour was fined $10,000 for that infraction.
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