Not everyone felt sympathy for Vontaze Burfict as he was carted off the field in Monday’s Pittsburgh-Cincinnati bloodbath.
While Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster spoke with reporters about his illegal block on the Bengals linebacker in the fourth quarter, fellow wideout Antonio Brown could be heard in the background repeating the word “karma” and saying “touchdown Brown” will pay his fine.
Burfict, who has had is own fair share of illegal hits and dirty plays, especially in the Steelers-Bengals rivalry, reportedly was livid as he jumped off the cart and stormed to the locker room after being helped off the field with the injury.
As for Brown, he endured yet another helmet shot courtesy of Bengals safety George Iloka as he scored the tying touchdown with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
“The guy just left his feet and hit me in the head. Karma for him too. Karma,” Brown said. “I was just grateful I was able to get through the game.”
Smith-Schuster and Iloka were each suspended one game later Tuesday for violations of safety-related playing rules.
Peters was suspended for one game without pay earlier this week by the team, and now the NFL has fined Peters for throwing an official’s flag into the stands, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
The suspension will cost Peters $72,320 of his base salary, and the fine will cost him $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct. To put that in perspective, that’s a total of $96,629.
Peters tossed an official’s penalty flag into the stands at MetLife Stadium during the Chiefs’ 38-31 loss to the Jets in Week 13, and was then escorted into the locker room.
Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson was called for defensive holding while the Jets were attempting a two-point conversion after scoring a touchdown. Peters, apparently unhappy with the call, grabbed the penalty flag from the ground and threw it into the stands.