George Iloka Has Suspension Overturned; JuJu’s Still Stands

In a decision that I am sure will fire up Steelers’ Nation, Bengals’ safety George Iloka has had his one-game suspension overturned by the league.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, of course, had his appeal denied.

The appeals were heard by two different people. For JuJu, it was former WR James Thrash. For Iloka, it was former LB Derrick Brooks.

Though sure to anger the Steelers’ fanbase, Iloka’s argument likely was that his hit was a “normal” one that happens all the time. Brown was not hurt and Iloka didn’t taunt him, two significant factors that likely made for a successful appeal. As we explained this morning, for the NFL, it’s all about optics.

Iloka was initially suspended, and now heavily fined, for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown in the end zone.  A GIF of the hit, courtesy of Dave Bryan.

Grab your pitchforks and torches. Meet you in the comments section.

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  • Jonny Panic

    You gotta be sh*tting me.

  • Doug Sawyer

    and there you have it

  • Doug Andrews

    Straight BS

  • LucasY59

    …of course

  • Doug Sawyer

    if any moron now defends JuJu getting suspended …you really should just walk yourself off this page

  • D C T

    What in the entire F–K!

  • GFYAC

    There is nothing complaining will do about this. It is what it is just dust it off and move on to Baltimore. I am not happy about how this was done, a 1st time offender (JuJu) is suspended. Frankly I do not think either player should have been suspended at all. so Justice is done for Illoka but JuJu should be overturned as well. That being said…it is what it is we will have to deal with this adversity as we have done [previously…rise above it and succeed

  • AndreH

    So I guess not having history of on the field transgressions doesn’t count for anything. Thrash and Brooks are both idiots. What Juju did don’t even come close to being suspended for one game?

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    This is April fools’ right?

  • Reader783

    Can only summarize this entire suspension and appeals process one way: lol

  • FATCAT716

    In the picture above it looks like he led with his shoulder not that it matters but neither should have been suspended NO GOODell strikes again

  • AndyR34

    Knew this was going to be the outcome, when it took so long to come out with the response. JuJu’s was immediate…for Iloka, they wanted to wait a day so the optics wouldn’t be so bad.

  • LucasY59

    I guess we are the fools for having to put up with Badell and his BS

  • Yeshaya

    Does that fact that burfict jumped off the board as soon as they untied it factor into anything? Standing menacingly shouldn’t make the difference between a fine and a suspension.
    Silver lining though, he gets an extra week to heal up his hamstring in case there was anything lingering.

  • The Tony

    Alex, you guys should really find a way to have people post gifs or pictures. I feel like the Simpsons townspeople with pitchforks would work well here

  • AndyR34

    They won’t…and it won’t matter, but the FO should complain loudly to GODell and Co. And as I said before, but I’m starting to side with Jerry Jones. 😥 Still can’t believe that I am saying that.

  • The Tony

    So does Gronk. How his dirty play only got a game is beyond me

  • TroymanianDevil

    I second the ability to post gifs

  • TroymanianDevil

    I’ve defended the NFL more than almost anyone else as I understand how easy it is to always criticize the “establishment” when something that you don’t like happens.

    And taking away my Steelers fandom.. between Gronk, Juju and Iloka, the rulings on these 3 cannot in any way be rationalized as fair or consistent. This makes absolutely no sense

  • Per tweet of Joe Danneman @FOX19Joe: “Burfict jumped up off the cart and walked into the #Bengals locker room. He’s livid.”

    Moral of the story is if you get hit in the head and you lay on the ground, you go into concussion protocol. On the plus side getting yourself needlessly carted off the field gives Gruden time to be sanctimonious about player safety and will get the penalized player suspended.

    OTOH if you get up after a foul so flagrant it drew 3 instantaneous flags, no protocol and no suspension for the offending player.

    I’m not arguing against the penalties, the rules there are clear. The suspension and fine application has always been arbitrary. It’s clearly an effort to wipe one player’s blood off the shield with a different player’s paycheck.

  • LucasY59

    I didnt think either player shouldve been suspended…BUT if Juju doesnt win the appeal either should the bungle

  • pittfan

    Grab your pitchforks and torches. Meet you in the comments section.

    LMAO. Classic!!!

  • LucasY59

    rabbleralbblerabble

  • The Tony

    rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble

  • falconsaftey43

    To me, this makes sense. Obviously I don’t think JuJu deserved a suspension. But at least now there is a “reason” for his suspension. Illegal hit + taunting the guy about it = suspension. Iloka’s suspension made no sense because guys don’t get suspended for illegal hits unless they are severe repeat offenders.

  • stephena

    Well, when Mr. Vontave Burffict kicked Rosie, Rosie wasn’t hurt so no discipline. AB wasn’t hurt so no suspension. NFL believes if you try and hurt someone and don’t succeed it’s OK they don’t discipline failure to injure.
    Interesting Vontave Burffict accused AB of faking a concussion last year. Gets carted off the field on a stretcher Monday night and once in the tunnel leaps off the gurney. Result Ju Ju suspended. You GO NFL.

  • Matt

    I’m mentally exhausted thinking about suspensions and penalties and flags and hits and taunting and Goodell and inconsistency. Rather than complain about it I guess I’ll just try to enjoy a game on Sunday against the Ravens as best I can until the flags and the penalties on the taunting and the hits and The suspensions and Goodell and inconsistency smack me in the face again

  • The Tony

    Especially after the whole Zeke fiasco

  • Alex Kozora

    rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble

  • Steeler Nation!

    Not suprised that both drew flags, even though JJSS’s we called a great block just a few years ago. The standing over him was definitely wrong though. Iloka’s looked more like he was going at AB’s head, so the call was right on. I’m surprised either drew immediate suspensions, and more surprised that it was JJSS’s that stuck. I guess the taunting seemed too insensitive on a night where there was a major scare taking place.

  • Mister Wirez

    It’s total bulls#it. With Iloka’s hit, he left his feet and launched at AB helmet to helmet, Juju’s was not. Infact, I’d say the bully Burfict embellished the whole thing. There is a camera view from above and to the right from behind the play, and you can see JuJu right shoulder pad hit right above s#ithead’s sternum… So now the @ss-holes at NFL headquarters are gonna suspend a rookie for taunting the dirtiest and most hated player in the league? Screw this league!

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Hell no! We wont go!

  • LucasY59

    dang it you rationalized it…doenst matter Im still mad

  • John Noh

    I never want to hear from any Bungle fans about how they get jobbed and how the Steelers get preferential treatment as they often rant about on their boards. Complete BS. Neither guy should have been suspended.

  • The Tony

    and the pussification continues

  • Jones

    The inconsistency is maddening, and neither player deserved the suspension, but settle down. You sound like Pac Man… “Vontaze shoulda got a grammy. He fakin”. lol

  • John Noh

    Hey, I didn’t get a hurrumph out of that guy!

    Give the governor a hurrumph you!

  • Near

    One clear path each of the last 3 years Sinsinatti has taken out 1 or 2 key Steelers players out for the season or many games on illegal dirty hits! Time to return the favor starting with Burfict, Iloka and the rest of the thugs! Great job Hienz Ward teaching Ju Ju well how to defend and attack his aggressors! Time to put them down and out! Sh*tty Kitties the dirtiest team in football. Ratbirds a close 2nd!

  • Chad Sanborn

    yep it was the taunting on top of it.

  • John A Stewart

    The best way to get back at the NFL put a bounty on Brady shsssssssss .

  • Jones

    This is great news! It means we can knock Burfict out twice per year, and as long as no one stands over him, they won’t be suspended!

  • Chad Sanborn

    about 4 weeks ago Burfict pushed a coach on the sidelines… no fine, no suspension. A Coach! LOL this game is a joke anymore.

  • Mister E

    Unreal.

  • diamondback13

    Factor in Iloka’s fines for Head Shots in 2013 to Jermichael Finley & 2015 to Heath Miller, and he is, in fact, a repeat offender, though…

  • mape_ape

    The NFL deserves the ratings crash it has. I hope it gets worse and they lose even more money.

    JuJu did the players on all teams a favor. Vigilante justice is the only solution.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Called it.

    I’m sooooo glad I prepared myself for this eventuality.

    My TV, picture window, living room mirror, and vast collection of Precious Moments figurines, all thank me.

  • Intense Camel

    It’s a conspiracy. The NFL cares more about the Pats securing the #1 seed and Brady going to another SB than they do about player safety. I wasn’t aware at first, but the Gronk hit was much much worse than I previously thought. He made direct contact with the guy’s head and smashed it into the turf as he was getting. Not to mention the player was as defenseless as possible, out of bounds, and the play was beyond over. He literally could have killed the guy and he gets one game???

  • Randy

    Burfict is still playing in the league. What do you expect from NFL. Appaling

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Between the AJ Green non-suspension and this,someone in the Bengals orginazation must have some incriminating photos of Goodell.

  • Darth Blount 47

    There can be no QUESTION WHATSOEVER, that the Gronk suspension was intentionally 1 game on purpose. No one can convince me otherwise. The idea that Gronk misses the biggest regular season game of the year for the NFL, a game that is going to draw the best ratings of the year, bar none, and get people excited and tuned in, was unacceptable to the NFL league office. It just wasn’t going to be allowed to happen like that. Brady needs his Boo.

  • NinjaMountie

    Honestly, JuJu would be stupid not to do whatever he needs to do to appeal again. I don’t care if he taunted him. It’s still a first offense. For the record, JuJu’s hit was a “football play” as well.

    It’s ridiculous that the NFL keeps having these punishment problems. It’s the whim of the moment when it comes to handing down discipline. Comical and sad all at the same time. Also, I didn’t think Iloka’s hit warranted a suspension either. I’m glad his was dropped.

  • PittShawnC

    It’s really not that complicated
    Illegal hit + 3-5 seconds of taunting + player carted off the field = suspension

  • Darth Blount 47

    With Gifs, this page would load sometime around 2019.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    It’s the taunting that did it. Same reason Gronk was suspended, as the intent (on film) appears to be clear. Iloka’s intent cannot be judged, but JuJu’s is MUCH harder to deny or work around. Even if the league believes JuJu is genuinely sorry and was just caught up in the moment, their hands are basically tied. They can’t let an illegal hit—followed by a taunt—that appeared to cause injury slide with just a fine.

    I don’t like it, but I understand it.

  • NinjaMountie

    But rear naked choke holds followed by slams don’t?
    Inconsistency is what has people fired up.

  • Sam Clonch

    Please let us know where that is stated in the rules, because the rest of us are under the impression that the NFL is just making things up as they go.

  • Reader783

    I will be willing to bet I can watch 1 weekend of football and find at least 1 instance of that happening every single week. This is the first time in NFL history, perhaps American sport history, that a player has been suspended for taunting. If he didn’t taunt, no suspension. Consistency is key when dolling out punishment.

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m usually all on board for the rule of law and punishment when breaking the law. My problem is that the lack of consistency is getting downright pathetic. Has been for a loooong time.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Said from the beginning I am mostly okay with both hits but the taunting rubbed me the wrong way and that is basically what this boiled down to.

    For Iloka he had to try and dislodge the ball and the result was nearly knocking AB’s head off. Don’t think it was dirty, just an unfortunate conclusion to a guy doing his job the best way he thought he could.

    For JuJu it is similar. He went in to put a great block on a guy and just so happened to hit the head and neck area. Unless something is obviously dirty I will always side with the hitter because you can’t predict body movement at the speed these guys play at. When a receiver ducks into a hit and it results in helmet to helmet that is on the receiver, not the defender. Anyway I digress. The killer part for JuJu was the taunting and while taunting alone might not have done it he can only really blame himself for being a bonehead at the time.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    You’re not wrong. But I don’t think any of us can defend JuJu’s actions, and that’s what this particular case really comes down to.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I have this sneaking suspicion that the Legend of JuJu Smith-Schuster is only going to grow at this point. Between everything that has happened this season, and what is yet to transpire, is there any doubt that an encore is coming? If you told me JuJu wins Super Bowl MVP at this point, I wouldn’t be shocked in the least.

  • NinjaMountie

    That’s irrational. I still don’t think he should have been suspended. I don’t like the inconsistencies the NFL has when handing out punishments. We are allowed to have differing opinions….it’s not a sin.

  • NinjaMountie

    I don’t defend his actions. Never have. Flag was legit. Fine is legit. Suspension is out of line being he’s a first time offender with absolutely no history of anything.

  • Matt

    This

  • GravityWon

    It was Iloka’s 2nd questionable hit of the game. Players will exact revenge next year if this inequity is allowed.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    That’s one funny joke I just heard! Literally dying laughin’! What!? What you say!? It’s not a joke and JuJu is in the same classification as Gronk and Evans and their actions?! 🤔

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    The thing that worries me more about Juju’s suspension is that this will carry a “dirty player” history with him in the minds of refs, as a guy who has been suspended for said hits. Will he now get flagged more for hard blocks?

  • GravityWon

    Plus a questionable hit earlier in the same game on AB

  • Petherson Silveira

    That touting F$#%ked Juju. =/

  • GravityWon

    Join me on my strike. I Will always watch as much Steelers football as possible. For the remainder of this season I refuse to watch any other NFL game. 😀

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    His Boo Thang! 😂😂😂

  • GravityWon

    And defensive players. Keep your eyes open other teams or you will get leveled.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    If someone puts Brady out they will never play football again.

  • The Tony

    You would assume that but I frequently visit a Pirates site and they have gifs on their threads which I have very seldom experience any long loading times

  • Greg Payne

    Our current culture has moved past meeting out punishment for actions. Now we seek to administer justice based on what “we think” you are “thinking.” When we resort to that sort of ever-shifting line of judgement, then there really can be no standard. Heck, I had a different standard of acceptable behavior this morning before my coffee than I do this afternoon after a great lunch. Emotions (or optics, or circumstances…) change the way we see the world, and that is why it’s necessary to have definite, clear rules, laws, and codes.
    Ah, but if you want to be in charge of manipulating those codes for your benefit then it’s much better to have a very undefined set of standards.
    It’s a world that frightens me more every day. I do not understand it, even when it applies to an entertainment venue like football.

  • The Tony

    I am also willing to say that had JuJu not taunted there would have been no flag thrown. The flag was thrown well after the hit and after the taunt

  • Renohightower

    Absolute non-sense They really need to stop reacting and come up with a system and this level is fine this level is suspension this level is multiple suspension and everyone is on the same page same person handing out discipline is deciding what a catch is

  • The Tony

    You can sit alone on that strike. I find it hard to believe that fans that comment on a steelers site would be willing to not watch any other game

  • The Tony

    I mentioned this in another post earlier. The next CBA is going to be an ugly and long drawn out battle. The players will fight for more power and Godell won’t be willing to give up his dictatorship.

  • Ike Evans

    That’s world I’ve always lived in….that’s always been allowed to exist and always made me nervous….now im seeing it seep into things as small as sports

  • Zarbor

    As we all expected….well some of us

  • steelmann58

    OK THIS IS UTTER NONSENSE NFL is a JOKE . please so JUJU is suspended for taunting really
    or because Burrfitt found his calling as an actor

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Irrational? Maddeningly inconsistent?
    Roger’s NFL’s work is done here, nothing to see just move along!

  • nutty32

    Seems like b.s. that he gets better treatment than JuJu, but OTOH Iloka stood to lose over $250K in a lost game check/roster bonus from a suspension which does seem excessive. JuJu’s game check is about the same as a fine and less than Iloka’s fine in lieu of suspension.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yeah it’s tough but gotta side with him on this (of course, Jerry is saying it for his own benefit or aggrandizement, as always!).

  • GravityWon

    It was said sarcastically and included smiley-face. I don’t actually think anyone will do it

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Exactly. I feel like i do more research than the front office.

  • Nolrog

    Typical inconsistency of the NFL. Juju gets the same punishment as Gronk who well after the play slams a defenseless player on the ground, Iloka gets a fine.

  • mem359

    Yes, but he was upset when he came off that board. The suspension was for the taunting, which really hurt his feelings.

  • falconsaftey43

    not a severe one though. no more so than mitchel and he hasn’t been suspended for his hits. Burfict is one of the few who’ve done it enough to draw suspensions when he does it again.

  • falconsaftey43

    that hit was clean. maybe a tad late, but not to the head.

  • PittShawnC

    simple, don’t stand over a guy after an illegal hit taunting him before he gets carted off.

  • JNick

    I can’t believe this. So essentially JuJu got a one game suspension for taunting. Had he not taunted, no suspension.
    It’s hard to make any logical sense of these suspensions. I know that is an understatement, but at this point I’m putting my pitchfork away and looking towards the Ravens.
    It’s Ravens week. Might as well not get upset about stupid stuff we can’t control.

  • PittShawnC

    I love how no one in their argument acknowledges that the dude JuJu illegally hit got carted off the field. Like that’s not a factor at all.

  • Surrealist

    im not going to lose any sleep over it, he shouldnt have taunted him like some UFC fighter.

    dont care what does or doesnt happen to the bungles’ “people”.

  • Dorian James

    It is BS, like ALL of us are saying, but it’s like depot has been saying its optics. Remember the Tomlin side line incident.

  • will

    Grab your pitchforks and torches….meet you at Gruden’s House!!!

  • AndyR34

    I acknowledge that…one of the things that makes agreeing with him so disagreeable.

  • will

    Gotta get there first…..

  • will

    That is standard procedure for me.

  • The Tony

    Well considering that Burfict tried to get up and attack JuJu made the stretcher seem like unnecessary. The reports even say Burfict fought to get off of the stretcher.

  • Reader783

    Because the rule doesn’t care if you get carted off. That’s our point. This was an emotional suspension.

    So if AB had been carted off the suspension stands? He didn’t get carted off when burfict got suspended…

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I honestly wish I didn’t love this team as much as I do.

    It would be SO much easier to walk away from this joke of a league – like everyone else is doing.

  • PittShawnC

    Remember Trevathan’s hit on Davante Adams earlier this year by chance?

  • PittShawnC

    Yes, I tried to see him feebly wrap up JuJu’s ankle.
    You know he’s in concussion protocol right? Or is he faking that?

  • Reader783

    Yup

  • PittShawnC

    so you remember Adams being carted off the field

  • Reader783

    Yup. The CBA doesn’t say “if you hit a player and he gets carted off, you get suspended”. Plenty of players have been hit illegally and carted off with no suspension. They only did this because they’re reacting to the court of public opinion.

  • PittShawnC

    Tony, I agree 100% and made that comment on here yesterday. It’s the sum of all the parts of that play.

    If he’d hit Burfict and walked away, chances are there probably wouldn’t have been a suspension either.

  • Surrealist

    just watch the game as entertainment and nothing more, thats what i do; not even the slightest emotional (or financial) investment. pure entertainment. if they do well great, if not who really cares. its really sad to see people arguing and getting all upset over things that dont really involve them. They must be really lonely or devoid of meaningful relationships to be so obsessed and consumed by a sport.

  • PittShawnC

    Dude, you’re trying to look for consistencies in something that isn’t black and white. I’m tryin to help show you one.

    If you illegally hit a guy, stand over him taunting and the hit causes him to get carted off the field, you’re probably going to get suspended.

    Not everything about the sport is black and white, unfortunately

  • PittShawnC

    They just get you ejected lol

  • Reader783

    Ya but that’s what everyone is upset about. Crime and punishment is supposed to be black and white and, more importantly, consistent.

    What makes it worse is that he got his suspension simultaneous with Gronkowski committing a felony assault and getting the same punishment. Incredibly inconsistent. Fans and players have the right to expect equity

  • Superdriller316

    You can’t explain the inconsistency. I think the Steelers are ok with the suspension. They needed the roster spot for Spence this week. It gives them an extra week before they need to make another roster move.

  • Fred Sandusky

    What was JJ supposed to do in the situation he was in? His job is to block on that play and Douchefict was the man he was supposed to block. Should he have warned Douchefict, two hand touched him, let him make the tackle or hit him in the knees? I do not know?

  • Surrealist

    personal foul = one game suspension, no appeal. then we will see who wants to be an on field thug.

    3 times in one season and you are suspended for the remainder of the year + all of next year.

  • TroymanianDevil

    But then factor in Gronk at 1 game for something far worse. Then add the context of Juju’s first offense and Iloka as a repeat offender ( not Burfict repeat but he’s had multiple fines before this )

    Ill throw in the fact that the taunting wasn’t extreme, yes he stood there for too long and it was unnecessary, but it’s within heat of the moment. Throw a flag and nothing else imo. He didn’t run to the Dallas Star at midfield or stomp on a Terrible Towel repeatedly in front of a camera or pull a cell phone from behind the goalpost and call someone.

    With all that context and including the Gronk suspension, I don’t think it adds up. If you want to say Juju’s is worse, fine. I’d disagree but I can understand your argument. But we’re saying that Juju was sooo bad that it deserved a suspension and Iloka so minor that there’s no suspension. I completely disagree with that.

  • rystorm06

    you can thank adolf goodell for that

  • Surrealist

    football is glorified tribal warfare, there is bound to be a few savages on any team. he shouldnt have intentionally moved to stand over him like he did, that is why he is still suspended.

  • PittShawnC

    You should also familiarize yourself with Mike Evans hit on Marshawn Lattimore.
    Same as Gronks
    1 game suspension

  • Reader783

    Doesn’t that serve my point even more?

    Can you and I at least agree that Juju’s hit was not even comparable to what Evans and Gronk did?

  • Conserv_58

    According to our favorite imbedded reporter, Diti K., it was JuJu’s standing over Burfict that was too much for the NFL and they chose to suspend him.

  • Surrealist

    at least boycott the advertisers

  • Surrealist

    yeah no kidding just look at the refs in any game. there is always 3 teams playing every game.

  • Sam Clonch

    So you’re saying it ISN’T in the rules, and you’re talking out of your a 4th point of contact as much as the league? I think we all assumed that already. Thanks.

  • Surrealist

    rules arent laws, and you have a dictator running the league so…gl finding consistency about anything.

  • Orlysteel

    Worth it , it was imperative to nail Burfict and it took the youngest player in the NFL to do what should’ve been done a long time ago, he needs to be nailed everytime he ‘s out there cause he just wants to hurt people, if the NFL don’t have the guts to give him a lifetime suspension than teams need to keep on nailing him.

  • Reader783

    Yup

  • Matt

    Yep. And most likely more fans will leave during that mess.

  • PaeperCup

    And why? Why was JuJu’s so immediate? I question that a lot. It’s his first offense, has not shown any inclining of dirty player, it was a bang bang play, it was really really close to being legal. There’s a lot to be discussed about that play, and it’s as if they didn’t even take the time to review it.

    Is this all because of the standing over him? if so….give me a break!!!!

  • PaeperCup

    lol, yup. Disqus already takes forever.

  • PaeperCup

    An argument was made Sunday night that if Gronk got ejected from the game, he wouldn’t have gotten suspended. Perhaps that’s where those other incidents fell into place. Still inconsistent.

  • ThatGuy

    Kind of like someone who judges people on a websit…….oh wait.

  • Edo M

    Thanks goodness for the Pens! and hockey where there is actually tons of action and games dont take forever to play..as opposed to the NFL rife with convicted felons and where there is maybe 12-15 minutes of actual action in a game lasting over 3 hours

  • Jones

    Nope… They’re for real… Heard Tunch and Wolf talking about how Runyun and Thrush (the ones that heard the appeals) had a history of head-stomping and eye-gouging during plays as players. Not saying once a criminal always a criminal, but maybe if I’m three times divorced and have a history of domestic violence, just maybe I don’t get to be a marriage counselor during my career… NFL is the punchline to an unfunny joke…

  • Darth Blount 47

    But does the site have Disqus and more ads than a Madison Avenue Powerpoint presentation?

  • Jones

    $50MM salaries, jets and lifetime insurance is expensive. Gotta keep those fines coming… 🙂

  • Surrealist

    sympathy not judgement

  • ThatGuy

    To me, it’s not just the taunting, I feel like he was suspended because of the two teams playing, the situation arising throughout the game (choppy play, brutal hits), basically the atmosphere helped the NFL into their decision. I don’t think his appeal gets denied if this was a 1pm game against Cleveland, just my opinion. The NFL had to make this suspension happen because of the primetime view that the entire country saw.

  • DirtDawg1964

    I think more than a few of us agree JuJu should be suspended. At least in principle. It was a hit to the head, a penalty, and taunting.

    But here’s the problem as almost everyone has acknowledged. The league hasn’t no consistency in how it deals with these issues. Gronk gets one game for a deliberate attempt to injure? WTF? Green gets a pass for a fight? Seriously?

    As for Iloka, I don’t have an issue with the hit itself but this ain’t his first rodeo. He’s a repeat offender. I thought that counted. At least it did when your name is James Harrison.

    That’s the issue. No one can figure out what this clown commissioner is doing other than running a kangaroo court. Maddening.

  • ThatGuy

    Don’t forget how Burfict should be out of the league.

  • Surrealist

    it is what it is. you can turn it off…or complain on blogs/forums and keep watching, thats about it.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’m too involved in this team to walk away. i’ve spent thousands of dollars between merch, games, hotels for camp etc.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    remember ben getting punched in the face and kept playing?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    except for the fact burfict was rearing to get up off the board and fought with emt’s to get unbound.

  • NinjaMountie

    Well said!

  • NinjaMountie

    Don’t you have season tickets too?

    I’ll admit that the league is driving me crazy but I’ll never abandon football.

  • Chris92021

    We now have proof that the league is not only inconsistent in its decisions but they don’t care. I don’t ever want to hear the Bengals/Seahawks/Patriots fanbases cry about how the league favors the Steelers ever again. Not that I would listen anyway but this takes the cake. What a joke.

  • ubjeepin2

    I’m not sure what your definition of entertainment is. But watching some guy skate up one end of a rink, slap a puck in the corner, have the other team pick the puck up, skate down the ice, slap the puck in the corner, REPEAT for 2 hours. Isn’t very entertaining to me. Monotonous.

  • NinjaMountie

    Too bad ejections don’t cost game checks. Look, my friend, I understand where you are coming from. I just don’t agree with you. I’m not being emotional either. I’ve just gotten to a point that the inconsistencies are just too much.
    Do I think what JuJu did deserves a suspension? If I were in charge, no. Not for the first offense. Do I think the taunting was dumb and unsportsmanlike? Most definitely, and I would have considered sitting him a game if I were the coach.
    Still, I do understand your point.

  • Jason

    In related news Goodell just signed an extension

  • treeher

    Eminently predictable. JuJu was suspended for taunting after the hit on national TV. Plus, he’s a Steeler.

  • Kevin artis

    Unbelievable.

  • PittShawnC

    Evans and Gronk both cheapshot’d a defenseless opponent, after the whistle, and both got a one game suspension.

    JuJu and Trevathan both performed an illegal hit where the victim was carted off the field (on a primetime game if that’s worth anything) and both got a one game suspension.

    I mean, if you want to see it, there’s some consistency out there. But you have to want to see it (and I don’t mean you, literally Ninja, any fan).

    If JuJu doesn’t taunt, he probably doesn’t get suspended. If Burfict pops back up, he probably doesn’t get suspended. But all three combined? I’m not surprised he got suspended.

  • Dan

    So what is the explanation for overturning Iloka? If my understanding is correct the league is suspending players who illegally hit players in the head. It’s a player safety issue. Fines weren’t working, the league can lose a lot of money on CTE issues. I get it. It was a clear hit to the head of a defenseless player, so why was it overturned? And JuJu’s was not a direct hit, nor as brutal as Iloka’s. I agree the taunting thing was bad, but I don’t believe that’s suspendable. Ponderous, man. Freaking ponderous.

  • ND_Steel

    Not surprised. For the record, I don’t agree with either suspension.

  • corduroyninja

    Well according to Gruden the entire game, Burfict is sensitive and just misunderstood

  • corduroyninja

    Right, I wondered how he was able to try to rip JuJu’s leg off, yet not able to move at all after that so much so that he needed a stretcher

  • pittfan

    He tweeted “Yo,Snowflakes. Quit preaching. The Violent World of Sam Huff sold NFL football to the masses. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders gave us a little sex with our violence. Deal with it!”

    Guess who?

  • pittfan

    See the ball, be the ball.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    nah. ive been on the wait list since 2000. though i talked to one of the ticket reps at the last game i went to, they said they had just gotten to the people from 98-99. so im hoping soon.

  • Reezy

    Lmao this shyt is a joke

  • CP72

    Did Vontave Burrfict and Martavious Bryant room together in college?

  • LucasY59

    yep, I didnt like how Jerry made it a personal vendetta to try and stop the extension, but I was not happy that it seemed to go through easily with one of the owners fighting so hard to keep it from happening

    …and obviously i think the owners made a mistake by keeping and overpaying that idiot (are they really that clueless that when the guy shows up in front of their fans all he gets is Boo’s? guess they made it clear their main priority is $$$)

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    I don’t know about anyone else, but when I saw Juju’s hit and then stand over an injured player, it looked real bad. I knew something was coming. I think it was fair.

  • I have never like this Commissioner; in fact cannot stand him! Nothing but a twofaced, corrupt,PC attorney making sh*t up as he goes along and F’ing up the league in the process. GeorgieBoy targets AB’s head and that’s less of an issue than JuJu’s block? And don’t get me started on the Gonk thing… dude went WWE on a defenseless guy face down on the turf waaay after the whistle, I mean he stood there thought about it and said WTH I’m doing this, and I’m supposed to think that’s the same thing as a shoulder block before the whistle. #stupidisasstupiddoes

  • pittfan

    “Taunting was never considered, at least from our office,” Vincent said. “It was the act of hitting Vontaze Burfict in the head area. The taunting was not considered. Are we sending a mixed message? We’ve been very consistent, fair, firm.”

  • 570toHero

    To be fair, that tends to be the case with most mentally retarded people. “But Burfict adds the thrill factor of violence to the mix. What a guy!” – Gruden

  • EdJHJr

    Goodell sucks. That s the best thing I can say about him

  • EdJHJr

    Can the steelers start their own league. Then I will erase the NFL from memory

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yoi…no, double yoi…no, triple yoi. Stuff like this makes Congress look logical.

  • John A Stewart

    Maybe VOODOO

  • PittShawnC

    Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player.”

    He said, she said. Believe what makes you happy

  • pittfan

    Not exactly “he said she said”.
    On Wednesday, however Troy Vincent, the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations, said during a conference call with the media that taunting was not a factor in the decision to suspend Smith-Schuster.
    Believe what makes YOU happy.

  • EdJHJr

    The whole team are frauds

  • EdJHJr

    And the winner is Butfick.

  • PittShawnC

    Lol, you can apply whatever you like for two parties sharing conflicting information.

    And I’ll side with Joe Runyon, VPoFO and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s designee for on-field discipline as agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA in Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as he issued the suspension

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Been 42 years for me.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I agree. I also think it’s sad seeing people argue and get upset over things they believe matter, but don’t.

    To me, I enjoy a good discussion, even with differing opinions, but the vitriol is unnecessary.

  • Buccos9

    When I watch the hit over and over again, it seems clear to me that Iloka targeted Brown’s head. There is no consistency to the discipline imposed by the NFL. I think Goodell tells his staff to spin a bottle.

  • pittfan

    LOL! In a “he said, she said” you have opposing parties offering conflicting versions of events. In this case, you have
    “”Joe Runyon, VPoFO and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s designee for on-field discipline as agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA in Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement””and
    “Troy Vincent, the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations,” (no piker in his own right presumably)
    on the same side, speaking of the same case, offering differing opinions.
    At least they are consistent in being inconsistent!

  • PittShawnC

    I mean, no Runyon didn’t literally say it was a factor, but because he went out of his way to speak on the taunt, imma go out on a limb and say it was on his mind.

    Looks like Troy is his boss…wonder how that process goes? Does Vincent just approve any discipline Runyon puts before him? Has he Veto’d anything ?is Runyon essentially judge, jury and executioner?

    I know in the last CBA, the players wanted that level of power out of Goodells hands. Wonder if that’s actually happening?

    Oh well, lol.

  • GravityWon

    I’m not certain Brady is great for ratings. If he mattered that much there would have been no deflate gate. They want parity so all fans remain engaged.

    He is awesome yet boring at the same time. Plus you have 3 fan bases that must feel like they don’t have a realistic shot to win the division. I know Bills fans who have checked out until Brady retires.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I’m not sure why they overturned Iloka, but I can see it. It was a pretty vicious hit to the head, and if it wasn’t in the context of this game, I don’t think people would be talking about suspending him. Also, fair or not, the fact that AB was fine probably factored in. If he missed next game with a concussion (or worse) I wouldn’t be surprised if the suspension stands.

    As for JuJu, even if the taunting wasn’t factored in (which I doubt), the fact that he had to be carted off probably did.

    As for Gronk – I think they probably went a little easy on him, but there isn’t that much precedent (I don’t think) for a 2-game suspension for a first-time offense. If they had to do it again, they probably would do 2 games. Also, it’s not like thy could suspend JuJu for one game.

    In my opinion – one game is fair for JuJu, and Gronk probably deserved more. Iloka got lucky because he didn’t cause an injury.

  • Chris

    What upsets me about this ruling is the fact that Iloka was clearly headhunting the the whole game. He could have easily had an interception on the the last drive of the first half (the pass hit him in the back as he was running down his target), but instead was playing solely to knock AB out. He wasn’t playing to jar the ball loose on Brown’s TD either, that would have just been a bonus.

  • ND_Steel

    Uh oh..credentials! (if you haven’t seen Mikey & Big Bob on Pittsburgh Kiss Radio reviewing facebook comments, worth checking out)

  • L Garou

    Goodell and the boys are nothing more than politicians and lawyers.. (gag)

  • PaeperCup

    Is this a different article than I read before? What happened to the comments about Brown supposedly lowering his head into the hit?

    Either way, bunch of balonga I tell ya.

  • PaeperCup

    I don’t get the $$$ argument. Owners are dummies. yes they are making a lot of money right now, but it’s the NFL, a cash cow. But, Just imagine how much money they would make if there was a commish that was actually well liked by players and fans.

  • PaeperCup

    not that it doesn’t make sense, but I can’t believe that hurting someones feelings is what they’re worried about.

    They need to look at it as separate offenses and treat it as such.

  • PaeperCup

    When going to appeals, just say one phrase. What about Gronk?

    Problem with that is that there is strong argument that Gronks penalty was much too soft.

  • PaeperCup

    Burfict being carted off the field was absolutely ridiculous.

    The guy had enough in him to throw JuJu off of himself. It’s also reported that he jumped right off the cart. Acting at it’s best best right there. Burfict knew exactly what he was doing. He knew he wasn’t going back in the game after that hit, might as well milk it. And it worked! I can’t believe the league fell for his BS again.

  • PaeperCup

    Monday night, prime time, that s ob Gruden just weeping over burfict…GAH, it all played a factor in this decision and none of it should.

    Billion dollar organization, and they can’t find someone to write Policy that straight forward says Violation A equals Consequence F. They just make things go up as they go along, and who exactly benefits from that?

  • ND_Steel

    Just another huge huge distraction is a season of continuous distractions. Hope these next two weeks isn’t a big wake up call.

  • HondoCogburn

    HURRUMPH, Sir

  • HondoCogburn

    Punters in the 50’s and 60’s were tougher than todays linebackers, tutus all around!

  • mark mcfadden

    you are not a Steeler fan get off our page Moron

  • mark mcfadden

    The film clearly shows Both Iloka and Ju Ju pointing or tilting their head leading with their helmet, there is no question about that, the question is why they have a really bad liar working in the NFL headquarters, saying that Iloka did not intentionally point and lead with his helmet, this person is a pathological liar (which means he lies all of the time but doesn’t realize that people know he is lying and he is NOT trusted by his family and friends, we all know someone like this (my Brother, thinks people don’t know he is lying, but everyone does, drug addicts are a good example))and should be terminated. It is likely this guy is a drug addict. The NFL office got caught lying here and appears to think they can fool some of the people some of the time and since they really can’t, they are hated and not trusted by fans. That is why Goodell is hated and better watch out for a mentally ill fan who might take him out. He needs to take his money and run, he hires liars and does the same himself. Hated by all!!!!!!!!!! No one should have been suspended, but both should have gotten the same punishment, and lets not forget Burfict is not a defenseless WR, RB, he is a defensive LB in pursuit of a play and is supposed to have his head on a swivel, however you cannot spear him in the side of the head as Ju Ju did.

  • LucasY59

    yep right now they make $ despite poor choices, but I agree they should make more $$$ if the league was viewed more positively

  • John

    What is this the NHL?