I hope Roger Goodell is making some healthy donations to charity in the name of Richard Seymour. Last week the league office made a $25,000 withdrawal from the Bank of Seymour. Those “fines” were levied for Seymour’s tackle of Tom Brady and a facemask on BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
This week Goodell has hit the Seymour ATM again to the tune of $15,000. In question this time was yet another tackle on an opposing QB. Seymour’s fine comes as a result of the Raider defender tackling Matt Schaub below the knees, a clear violation of the Brady Rule.
That’s $40k in two weeks if you’re keeping score at home. I don’t care how much money you make, that’s a nice amount of coin to cough up simply for doing your job.
None of Seymour’s offenses have been so horrendous that they’ve drawn much ire from the individuals these so-called crimes have been committed against. The hit on Schaub was actually caused by his own teammate as Seymour was pushed in the back and fell at the feet of the Texan QB. Even in the moment Seymour managed to wrap up, avoid the knees and make good form tackle.
But that is what the league is becoming. I can understand why the league looks to protect their gold boys but not every hit below the knees is a malicious attempt to cripple a cash cow.
Such is the life of a modern day NFL defender. $40,000 down the drain just for doing your job.