Richard Seymour was fined $25,000 today by the NFL for his open hand punch to the face of Ben Roethlisberger. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this. I mean, obviously the $25k fine is whatever, (for someone on an NFL salary of course, not me) but what does this mean in my conflicted struggle to like Seymour? The Raiders have brought in their share of players that took me a while to warm up to, but nothing close to to when they acquired him last year. First, Seymour played in the Tuck Rule game, so that’s reason enough to hate him right there. But he also went on to win multiple Super Bowl titles with the Patriots. Add to that, he’s widely considered the dirtiest player in the league. And furthermore, he seemed, or at least was portrayed to be, hesitant to leave New England and join a loser in Oakland, and perhaps rightfully so.
This season, he’s seemed like a catalyst for a team that’s finally turning it around. He was giving 100% and guys were feeding on that. I might even say off the record that he and Tommy Kelly are the best tandem in the NFL at defensive tackle. It feels like if Seymour is in the game, the Raiders are in the game. On Sunday, though, it looked as though Seymour gave up. He realized they were no match for the Steelers and didn’t want to stick around to see the end of it. Felt symbolic of the game as a whole, let’s just hope not for the season.
On the other hand, I might like the guy a whole lot more now. Though Roethlisberger has a pretty good reputation despite possibly raping an ugly girl, I got some gratitude out seeing him get clocked in the face. It looked like he was flopping when he went to the ground, but they did show a quick shot of a trainer checking him out looking pretty concerned that he took a solid shot. What I really want to know is what Big Ben said. That’s the key evidence I need to see to make my decision here. I don’t buy the “Let’s get ready for the extra point” line. Anyone know what he really said?