Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each got a one-game suspension from the National Football League in the aftermath of Pittsburgh's penalty-filled 23-20 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night.
As Smith-Schuster talked about his block on Burfict after the game, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said in Smith-Schuster's direction, "Don't even trip, I got straight cash on it. KARMA". Sure, it's a violent game, but the rules expressly forbid hits like the one Smith-Schuster laid on Burfict.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn't think Smith-Schuster should have received the same suspension as Gronkowski. On Tuesday, Smith-Schuster was suspended for one game by the league. Karma is karma. Karma is in life. Brown held on for the tying touchdown and neither player was ejected. Gronkowski's hit was debatably more malicious than Smith-Schuster's. Then afterward he leered over him, taunting him.
Smith-Schuster told reporters that he was playing to the whistle on the play, but lamented his actions afterward. There were four penalties for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for taunting, one for roughing the passer and two 15-yard penalties for grabbing the facemask.More news: First X-Men 7 Photos Reveal Dark Phoenix
"He shouldn't have stood over him", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
Iloka's agent, Ron Slavin, released a statement saying thank you to Brooks but reiterated that they felt Iloka did nothing wrong.
Brown said he would pay Smith-Schuster's fine.?
In any case, Burfict should be considered questionable for the Bengals' match against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that. I don't know. Is he just trying to fix his karma or what? His hit on Brown's head during a playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium in the 2015 season moved the Steelers in range for a winning field goal and drew a three-game suspension from the league.