Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips officiating: 'Just hand us all some flags'

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips officiating: 'Just hand us all some flags'

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. Specifically, Mitchell took specific issue with Cincinnati's George Iloka and Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster receiving the same on-game suspension that New England's Rob Gronkowski did, given that Iloka and Smith-Schuster's hits came during a play while Gronkowski's was made in frustration after a play was already completed.

Among the latter was rookie wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, whose one-game suspension was upheld following his appeal.

Former Giants star Osi Umenyiora took offense to Mitchell's rant, which included several references to the idea of just playing flag football and "this is a man's game".

Mitchell declined comment on his tweets from Tuesday criticizing the NFL's suspension methods.

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Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension to remain the commissioner of the National Football League, according to a letter from the league's compensation committee that was sent to owners on Wednesday. If you don't know me and you've never had a conversation with me, don't judge us on what you see in football, because football's my competitive side. "That would make it easier for me, cause then I don't have to wear heavy (expletive)". Before I was drafted, I had $368 in my bank account. Give us flags for me to pull off so that way I know what we are playing. "Dammit, your quarterback shouldn't have thrown the ball messed up". "If you're a little kid and don't want to get your ass hit then don't come out here because this is for grown men". He was also hit for $48,000 for his Week 6 hit on Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West.

"That's 50 grand out of my pocket because Andy [Dalton] throws a bad ball". "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably the people on the Bengals". My nephew goes to school there. "You know what I'm saying?" "There's just so much going on in the game right now". In the same game, Mitchell got tripped into quarterback Alex Smith, which some critics said was an intentional play. "For (Smith-Schuster) to have the same suspension as Gronk is just embarrassing".

Gronkowski dropped an elbow to the back of Tre'Davious White's head as White was lying on the ground after the whistle in Sunday's Patriots-Bills matchup.

"I didn't think it was warranted", Roethlisberger told reporters. For people watching, I think human beings have a propensity to like violence. Some players have been fined, some have been suspended, some are still in concussion protocol. It wasn't away from the ball, wasn't a hit on a kicker, a defenseless player, it was a guy getting ready to make a tackle; a much bigger football player. Audio also includes Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

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