JuJu Smith-Schuster Thinks NFL Created Double Standard By Upholding His Suspension

Suspended for the past week after his hit on Vontaze Burfict, we haven’t gotten a chance to hear from JuJu Smith-Schuster, aside from a couple of tweets he’s sent out since. But posted today to his Youtube channel, he discussed in detail the hit he made and his reaction to the league suspending him for Sunday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Playing the new Call of Duty, which is officially the most millennial thing ever, Smith-Schuster discusses the hit.

“I didn’t know it was 55 until after,” he said. “I was like, ‘oh, I hit 55?’ So I looked over him and I was like, ‘oh damn, that’s Vontaze Burfict. That’s one of the most dirtiest players in the game and I actually got him.'”

Smith-Schuster still defends the hit as legal. He was fined for the collision and then once more for taunting him afterwards.

“I was just trying to make a block. I felt like it was a clean hit because I hit him in his shoulder pads. You can argue his helmet, his head did go back but still, I thought it was a clean hit.”

Again, he apologized for taunting him, something he tweeted out shortly after the game ended.

Burfict missed this past weekend with a concussion.

Smith-Schuster said he was shocked to hear the NFL suspended him, especially after Bengals’ safety George Iloka won his appeal. Iloka was able to play Sunday though he was still hit with a large fine.

“I think the NFL is just trying to prove their point about something. I can understand that. But at the same time, I think it’s unfair the other guy gets his appeal turned over and he can play this week. But for me, it’s like, why me?”

And by the way, the league announced today no players from the Seattle/Jacksonville debacle would be suspended for what happened Sunday. Michael Bennett took a low shot at the Jaguars’ center on a kneeldown and Quinton Jefferson attempted to fight a fan who threw a bottle at him. In the league’s eyes, that’s evidently less egregious.

With his suspension officially over, he is allowed to rejoin his teammates and be at the Steelers’ facility. Where he can pick up his AFC North Championship hat and T-Shirt. He’s certainly earned it.

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  • Jones

    He’s not wrong. NFL opened a can of worms with their own inconsistency. It’s too blatant to ignore this time.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    If they dont grab that guy he was heading into the stands. Fans were terrible but he just has to put his helmet on and leave . This happenednto Ben and many others before. Suspend him

  • Stephen

    When are the so called football commentators on all the different highlight shows ever going to call out the Seahawks for being a team of thugs

  • Sam Clonch

    Duh!!!

  • Intense Camel

    Just…stop.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Juju, there are many positive things that come with being a Steeler. Dealing with Roger and the league office is one of the few (but glaring) drawbacks. Sorry dude.

  • Stephen

    Stop speaking the truth?

  • Intense Camel

    Stop displaying your ignorance.

  • Stephen

    Making a factual statement isn’t ignorance, if it weren’t true you would be correct but there is nothing I wrote that isn’t a fact

  • Intense Camel

    Humor me. If the commentators were to bring this up during a broadcast what would it solve? Would those players be cut? Would the Seahawks be disbanded?

  • Alan Tman

    The youngest player in the league should be permitted some mistakes. It’s obvious that he wants to please his teammates, especially AB and LeVeon. There have been years that the league has permitted Suh and several others to find their way, and to suspend this young man is absolutely ridiculous.
    This league is trying to perpetrate a fraud that it is this fine upstanding institution, but the older fans know better. This is a gladiator blood sport like boxing and MMA. It’s not baseball or basketball. But the owners try to lie to themselves, the networks and the fans. No guaranteed contracts, because of the major injuries. If they were so worried about the players that’s exactly why they would have guaranteed contracts, but they don’t. If they can pay Goodell 40 million per year they could certainly guarantee players contracts.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Since when has the NFL been ‘consistant,’ except in their hatred for Pittsburgh.

  • Orlysteel

    After the backlash of last week over suspensions, think the league might be considering something on this matter cause so far no ones gotten suspended from yesterday’s games, it’s like the uproar they caused over the severity of punishment after the Ray Rice incident.

  • Buccos9

    Juju could suggest that Burfict is faking it.

  • Jaybird

    Good one.

  • Stephen

    I said highlight shows that isn’t during the game

  • John Smith

    aww, someone is pretty fragile.

  • Stephen

    Safe space needed

  • Biophys

    Still, the NFL is very consistent about some things. For instance, they consistently randomly drug test Deebo every 5 days.

  • Intense Camel

    Aw, someone is just as ignorant.

  • Intense Camel

    Doesn’t make a difference.

  • Frank Martin

    Overturning Iloka’s suspension while upholding Ju Ju’s was blatantly inconsistent, one of about a thousand reasons why Goodell’s contract shouldn’t have been renewed. He has botched many things over the years that have hurt the NFL.

  • pittfan

    Micheal Bennett? The guy that lied about police in Vegas? League cant touch him. He’s a perma-victim.

  • pittfan

    And the fan needs some frontier justice too. So many of these “fans” are A#1 A -HOLES who get all boozed up and become incredibly abusive towards the players and other fans as well.I agree, the player needs to just get off the field but a fan throwing objects at players needs to be arrested for assault.

  • Conserv_58

    It also added to a great many Steelers fans’ thinking that the NFL has it in for the Steelers.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s as long as five days now?

  • Brenton deed

    I still say Burfict has to bear some responsibility for running into an essentially stationary blocker and leave himself unprotected.

  • Conserv_58

    There is no doubt in my mind that he was working the sympathy card.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s pretty darn obvious that Hines has had a big influence on JuJu and still does since he’s been assisting with the WR’s since training camp.

  • Michael Putman

    Too bad JJSS didn’t climb up into the bleachers to hit Burfict… that would have only been a fine.

    Whatever, now the rookie is more amped up to play next week!!!

  • Michael Putman

    I see what you did there… do we also blame Burfict for lowering his head too…?

  • Conserv_58

    Of course. One must remain consistent. No?

  • Michael Putman

    He hasn’t been active most of the season. No sense wasting all that money on an inactive player, am I right?

  • pittfan

    Not only that, but everyone on the team knows JJ is a guy who will go to war with you. In my younger days (many moons ago) you found out in a hurry who had your back in a scrape and who didn’t. No doubt about where JJ stands.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m not necessarily agreeing with Stephen, but I really don’t see you making any argument against his comments.

    Is he wrong that Seahawks play dirty? Is he wrong that commentators rip into JuJu for a block, but barely bat an eye at the hawks questionable play/antics?

  • PaeperCup

    consistent random tests haha.

  • PaeperCup

    How about that high hit on Jesse James last night? The one that wasn’t called.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The NFL is such a sham. I can’t recall the exact play but a Steeler receiver was hit in the helmet by a Raven as he was trying to catch a ball over the middle near the endzone. I sit in endzone seats and heard the crack of the helmets colliding. No flag; nothing. I thought a receiver attemting to catch a ball was “defenseless” and a helmet to helmet hit illegal. Did anyone else see this play?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yeah, I want to say that was Weddle hitting Jesse James or McDonald but I’m going to go back and check right now.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I love how deep down, JuJu knows he put one right in the proverbial chops of a bully.

    That’s an “everyman” move that will endear him with Steeler Nation for a long time.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    How could there be no penalty. I heard it and the referees were much closer than me. If there is no fine, just further proves how subjective this whole penalty/fine/suspension “system” is.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think I just found the one you were thinking about. 13:17 left in the 4th. It’s the high hit that PaperCup referenced below you I believe. Weddle launches himself and hit Jesse high. It wasn’t exactly helmet-to-helmet, quite like the egregious and LOUD McDonald shot earlier that was bad, but Weddle CLEARLY spears with the crown of his helmet and if Jesse wasn’t 8 feet tall, it would have looked really horrible. The crown reacts and a flag gets thrown, and I remember thinking it was for “launching,” but then it was some BS holding call on Baltimore that we declined anyways.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Definitely the definition of “Launching” by Weddle.

  • ND_Steel

    But they are all rich…priority #1, 2, and 3.

  • Intense Camel

    What was dirty? I saw a team trying to win the game.

  • Lil Smitty

    I don’t see JuJu becoming the next AB. but I would be cool with the next Heins Ward.

  • Ryan Alderman

    They have taken some of the joy out of watching the game is all I know. From the inconsistency to the blatant hypocrisy, it’s not the same experience for me. If it wasn’t for my love of the Steelers I probably would be tuned out. To me it’s gotten that bad.

  • Ryan Alderman

    You’re EXACTLY correct. He had a helmet on and was almost to the tunnel.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Of course the fan should be arrested.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Nah, easier to scream at how “disgusting” JuJu’s block was instead. They’re sickening.

  • Ryan Alderman

    I don’t think he’s wrong.

  • Ryan Alderman

    How? By trying to potentially hurt the center by taking out his legs? That’s bush league!! I’m not using the word “thug” to describe it, just think it’s a cheap play. The game was over for all practical purposes.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Well said.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Hines plays too rough for today’s game. He’d be suspended every other week. You can’t celebrate a good hard hit or block or sack without first searching for a flag first. It sucks.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Hope that’s true.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Haha

  • Ryan Alderman

    He’s garbage.

  • Brenton deed

    Consider this: the NFL considers that there are times when a player is”vulnerable and defenseless” therefore there must be occasions when a player is not. Burfict was not in a position where he was inherently vulnerable – it was his own incompetence and lack of reasonable peripheral vision that contributed to his concussion,

    If I’m driving down the road and, owing to my inattention, I hit a parked vehicle am I blameless?

  • Intense Camel

    Legal play, nothing wrong with it.

  • Maureen A Gomes

    Damn right! I’ve missed Hines’ physicality in blocking amongst our wide receiving corp. Now, JJSS has given me every reason to smile.

  • Nolrog

    Arrested and banned for life.

  • Chad Weiss

    Nothing wrong w it except it was dirty as f###

  • Chad Weiss

    That would be the other five times he flopped in this seriers. I think he was actually hurt this time

  • Chad Weiss

    Exspecially w iloka past

  • Intense Camel

    So playing until the clock hits zero is dirty?

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I thought the same thing. No mention on TV from what I can recall.

  • Bradys_Dad

    No two ways about it – that was a 3-2-1 NASA style launch and should have been 15 plus a healthy fine for Weddle.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Any chance you’re a lawyer ? LOLOL

  • Bradys_Dad

    “perma-victim” – I like this.

  • Bradys_Dad

    In the attached pic of this article I see nothing more than one “gentleman” wishing another “gentleman” glad tidings and peace on earth. Tis’ the season and all…..

  • Chad Weiss

    No ,but diving at centers legs any play alone any time is dirty and to do it when they are in winning formation is definitely dirty. He could have easily injured the center. If you can’t see that it’s dirty we just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one

  • Intense Camel

    Is it dirty when an O-lineman cut blocks a D-lineman?

  • Renohightower

    Let me get this straight
    Players can fight 1 game suspension
    You can go all Matcho Man Randy Savage and drop a bionic elbow on a player 1 game suspension
    You can throw Punches (Seahawks vs. Jaguars) no suspension
    You can attempt to assault fans in the stands deserved or not no suspension
    or you can block someone during a play and be suspended.
    The Wheel of discipline

  • Chad Weiss

    Yes

  • Chad Weiss

    If they are engaged or in victory formation it is

  • Intense Camel

    Then why is it legal?

  • Intense Camel

    Victory formation or not, it’s still a play.

  • Alan Tman

    He will never buy a drink in Pittsburgh again!! LOL

  • Conserv_58

    The Hines Ward affect is front and center in JuJu’s play.

  • Conserv_58

    He’s been mentored by Hines since training camp. In case you haven’t noticed Hines is still assissting with the WR’s.

  • Conserv_58

    Goodell’s corrupt handling of Spy Gate and the Ray Rice incident screams hypocrisy, especially since those incidences put a great big black eye on the NFL closely guarded image.

  • Conserv_58

    True, but then there are his vidoes of him showing his super human strength that I’m sure Goodell is trying to figure out how he keeps passing his drug tests.

  • Conserv_58

    Well, they did institute the “Hines Ward Rule” that they used to penalize JuJu for hitting the thug.

  • Conserv_58

    Bah! Just do what’s being done right now. View the tape, discover who it was and ban them from the stadium for life. If they’re season ticket holders that’s going to hurt a lot more than being arrested.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s obvious that there is no consistent policy of how the league chooses to discipline players. It’s more a case of them submitting to a knee-jerk reaction and winging it as they see fit. That’s why I’ve said Goodell oversees a kangaroo court.

  • Conserv_58

    Don’t get me going on them paying that man that much money for tarnishing the league’s image. It’s abject lunacy.