A 35-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was brutal for the Raiders, but may be even more costly due to a Richard Seymour punch on the Pittsburgh QB!Â The incident saw Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger punched by Seymour after a touchdown pass and a bit of good old fashioned trash talking.
Seymour threw the punch on Roethlisberger right after Ben had completed a 22-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders.Â Ben emphatically jumped into the arms of his tackle Flozell Adams to celebrate.Â As Roethlisberger began walking on the field after all that hooplah, he apparently had words with Seymour.Â Seymour responded with his fist, by turning and connecting it to Roethlisberger’s jaw.Â Big Ben hit the ground, and Steelers lineman Chris Kemoeatu came over to grab Seymour.Â Seymour was ejected for the incident in which both he and Kemoeatu received penalties for their teams.
After the game, Seymour was apologetic and remorseful for what he did.Â According to ESPN, Seymour was quoted as saying to the media:
“I apologize to my teammates,” Seymour said. “I never want to do anything to hurt the team. You always want to protect yourself, but there’s no excuse.”
Seymour said he was confused by Roethlisberger approaching him after the score.
“I’m not sure why he [Roethlisberger] ran up on me. I just turned around and it was a natural reaction,” Seymour told media after the 35-3 loss.
When asked by the media if he said anything to Seymour to prompt his getting punched, Roethlisberger chuckled that he said “let’s get ready for the extra point.”Â He said he was shocked by the incident with Richard Seymour punching though.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was surprised as well.Â Tomlin said he hasn’t seen a quarterback punched since he’s been in the league.Â He noted he still has respect for Seymour as a football player and won’t let that incident cloud his opinion.Â Seymour is likely in some hot water with the NFL after punching Roethlisberger though and he’ll be getting hit where it hurts – his wallet.Â In a previous incident, on December 27th, 2009, Seymour hit Browns running back Jerome Harrison, and that cost him $10,000.Â Expect a larger fine, maybe a suspension for a game or two for hitting Roethlisberger.Â It’s a matter of setting an example for other pro sports leagues, and we’ve seen players in college sports, the NBA and baseball receive stiff punishments for fighting with one another.
Did you see the Steelers vs Raiders game, or the Richard Seymour punch on Roethlisberger?Â What do you think will be the fine/punishment for Seymour?