I can hear the Steelers players complaining here in Washington following news Monday that Richard Seymour has been fined just $25,000 - according to NFL.com - for his cheapshot punch in the face to Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's 35-3 whipping of the Raiders.
James Harrison has a very legitimate point on this one.
If the league is going to fine or possibly suspend players for things that happen during the course of a play, how can it allow Seymour - who is a repeat offender himself - to walk away with a slap on the wrist on this?
It shouldn't matter what, if anything, Roethlisberger said that caused Seymour to do it. And Seymour has said he didn't hear Roethlisberger say anything. He was reacting to being bumped.
But this isn't the NHL. This is the NFL. And the league really messed this one up.