Seahawks Michael Bennett Not Fined For Low Hit On Kneeldown

If you’re interested in more of the NFL’s hypocrisy, or if we’re being kind, their inconsistency, here ya go. Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett has not been fined for his low hit on Jaguars’ center Brandon Linder in the final moments of last Sunday’s game.

If you missed it, take a look at the hit.


The NFL determined Bennett was making a football play for the ball. Which if you believe that, I have some Pennsylvania beachfront to sell Roger Goodell.

Quinton Jefferson was fined $9,115 for the end-of-game scrum where he wound up trying to climb the stands to fight fans.

To be fair, the CBA has strict policies on fine amounts but still, it’s surprising each player got a slap on the wrist, for Bennett, nothing at all, for such an ugly look. Whereas. as Steelers’ fans will be quick to point out, JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hit, an attempted football play (but yes, an illegal one), earned him a one game ban.

It’s these inconsistencies in how the league is policing itself that is causing the friction between the league, the union, and its players. Goodell has signed a new contract that will take him through 2024, earning roughly a trillion dollars, despite the perception of the league being at a decade low.

This is more reason to believe we’re headed towards a lengthy lockout when the new CBA will be negotiated following the 2020 season. The rift between league and union is as big as ever. Hopefully things will get better but I’m not holding my breath. Enjoy the games while they last.

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  • PaeperCup

    Guy takes off his helmet, he’s fined. And they say safety is a concern of their’s?

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    1) Both Bennett’s are turds.
    2) More inconsistencies from the league office, shocking.

  • Doug Miller

    This guy is not a good guy. The whole Vegas thing was a joke, and a total fraud. He doesn’t deserve us talking about him right now, he sucks!!!

  • deuce_seven

    He LIED about being a victim of police brutality, SITS for the anthem, and the league FEATURES him in a TV ad as someone to admire.

  • PA2AK_

    What IS that?!

  • PittShawnC

    Did Mitchell get fined when he jumped headfirst over the Jets victory formation a few years ago? I can’t remember.

  • Matt Rippin

    The league is scared to death of the Seahawks because they get such fawning coverage from the media. If Goodell picks a fight with them, ESPN will turn it into a kulturkampf.
    Michael Bennett is a clown and a fraud. So is (was) Marshawn Lynch. So is Richard Sherman, who no one seems to notice is neither smart nor interesting.

  • pittfan

    I saw this one coming from a mile away.

  • pittfan

    And they wonder why the NFL brand is going down the TUBES. If it were’nt for the fact I’ve been a steeler fan since i was a kid, I’d not be following this clown show. But really, it’s just a reflection of what’s going on in much of society. BARF!

  • Slab

    I think it’s as simple as legs vs head. It’s the head that the NFL is incentivized to put up the appearance of protecting.

  • Francisco Espinoza

    That is absurd… and Davis got fine for “hitting” Collins out of bounds. Check the play, he got fine 18k for it!!! It is absolutely ridiculous. The NFL used to be the league everyone was looking up to and now it is a fiasco. If not for my love for the steelers, I’d watch my soccer team back home… and they have not won a championship since ’89… It is so much love for the Steelers in Mexico that in one FB fan club page they could have organize a rally to get money for JUju to pay the fine for his hit on Burfict… not that I condone the antics afree the hit or the hit itself but.. what goes around….

  • LucasY59

    Badell wont make it through his extension, the players should make it part of the CBA that they will only agree to sign it if that idiot is gone

  • Chad Weiss

    Lmao wouldn’t expect anything else from this league

  • 2winz

    not just fined.. fined more than these other infractions that put players and people at risk.

  • Smitty 6788

    Tbh don’t know what they could fine him for.. There’s no rule that states you must allow the offense to take a knee without still playing

  • Michael Cunningham

    Bennett , like many on his team, does not seem like an upstanding dude
    Going at someone’s legs , however, can always be a two way street/
    Just like in North Dallas Forty …

  • Michael Putman

    Diving at the guys knees is an amateur play, but you are right… nothing can be done. However, after the play was ended Bennett dove at and knocked the center down a second time… deliberately, away from the ball and after the whistle.

    THAT is what he could be ejected, suspended or fined for.

  • Dan

    This league really needs to look at how their fines r levied and how their suspensions r done Cause most of them make no sense

  • SwagDaddy330

    It’d be “brutality against African-Americans” if he was fined and more fuel to his fire

  • Ryan Alderman

    I don’t care if there’s a lockout if it gets rid of Goodell.

  • Rocksolid20

    Unless you touch Brady’s legs !