As if it comes as any surprise, the NFL has fined Richard Seymour $30,000 for his exchange with Richie Incognito during Sunday’s loss to Miami. I’m done trying to debate all the reasons why Seymour should not have been fined let alone ejected from the game. I already got that out of my system earlier this week.
However what is very disconcerting is the inconsistent nature of the NFL and their system for punishment. That was very obvious this past Sunday. All you had to do was watch the Detroit Lions meltdown in primetime to know that.
One Lion threw a punch and wasn’t even fined this week. Meanwhile another shoved an official and all he got was a personal foul.
Way to protect your officials, Goodell.
Clearly there is a secret memo in circulation on guys like Seymour. I understand the necessity to have officials be hyper aware of any potential issues. That is fine. But they can’t act like frustrated sailors on shore leave looking for a fight.
What happened between Seymour and Incognito happens on most every snap. All I’m looking for is the same call to be made on every other man that does something similar.
Also, this notion that Seymour can afford the fine is ridiculous. I don’t care who you are. Getting a bill for $30,000 can’t feel good no matter how much coin you’ve got.
At least Seymour takes it in stride while simultaneously taking the high road.
“I apologize to my teammates, coaching staff and the organization, also the Raider Nation. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t there to finish the game with my teammates. I think that it’s an emotional game and I shouldn’t have let my emotions get the best of me. No excuses.”