All things being considered, Seymour got off lightly on this one. James Harrison was calling for a suspension and given the league’s newly minted rules of engagement it didn’t seem far fetched for the Raiders to take on the Dolphins minus their All-Pro defensive tackle this Sunday.
Seymour rightfully apologized to his teammates but offered a less than convincing reason for his actions.
“I apologize to my teammates. I never want to do anything to hurt the team. You always want to protect yourself, but there’s no excuse.”
“I’m not sure why he [Roethlisberger] ran up on me. I just turned around and it was a natural reaction,”
Seymour knows he was in the wrong as his emotions got the best of him. It happens often when you’re playing a violent game like football. But what cannot happen is putting your emotions in front of the team. Seymour is lucky to only get a fine and no further action but rest assured he’s all over Roger Goodell’s radar now. From here out it he will have to be on his best behavior as any other incident will surely merit a suspension.