Outrage Erupts Over JuJu Smith-Schuster, George Iloka, and Rob Gronkowski’s Equal Suspensions
by 5 December 2017, 6:17 PM
Today, we all serve as jury to determine whether the NFL’s recent disciplinary actions are fair and consistent. Granted, no one will probably ask us for our verdict. But you just try and tell that to the people of Twitter, who have taken it upon themselves to weigh in on the one game suspensions of JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka after Monday night’s Steelers vs Bengals rivalry match.
Let’s take a look at some of the evidence.
JuJu lays out Burfict pic.twitter.com/e74GmPNN5a— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 5, 2017
Smith-Schuster nailed Vontaze Burfict in a blindside block, causing a head injury that required Burfict to be carted off the field. Burfict appears hurt right away, but Smith-Schuster stands over him to taunt him, an act which “fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player,” according to Jon Runyan, NFL VP of Football Operations.
However, some argue that it’s not as bad as it seems.
So now in the NFL you need to tap on your opponents shoulder to initiate a conversation. Then you must verbally relay that you will be blocking them. No blocking will commence until said defender has verbally acknowledged your request to block @TeamJuJu @iammikemitchell— Munky 🐒 (@RafaelGovea1) December 5, 2017
John Runyan of NFL decided JJSS executed his block when Burfict was in a defenseless posture because JJSS came at Burfict from the side. Technically, under new rules, this is illegal, but it was not an egregious or unnecessary hit. Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 in rule book.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) December 5, 2017
Bengals’ George Iloka got his own one game suspension with a helmet-to-helmet hit after Antonio Brown had already caught the ball.
NFL (@NFL) December 5, 2017
Steelers’ Mike Mitchell came to Iloka’s defense, stating that Iloka was “in no way” trying to injure Brown with the hit.
The two suspensions side by side, though, has people arguing over which hit was worse, saying that it isn’t right for them to receive the same punishment.
hey, if you’re pissed about the JuJu hit, George Iloka’s hit on Antonio Brown right there was approximately a million times dirtier/unnecessary.— Ryan Mathews (@Ryan_POD) December 5, 2017
The biggest outrage, though, stems from the fact that Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski was also suspended for one game, for this ridiculous post-play hit on Buffalo Bills’ Tre’Davious White:
Really Gronk? pic.twitter.com/hVku6Yz5Id— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 3, 2017
Gronk and JuJu getting the same suspension is a travesty.— Nicholas Tyler Scott (@PastorTScott) December 5, 2017
JuJu’s Hit= Football Play
Gronk’s Hit= WWE Move
I don’t think that what Gronk did is even legal in MMA.
What do you think? Do you think the NFL assigned fair punishments for these hits? Do you think they’re equal? Now’s your chance to comment below and announce your verdict. Or you can do what you probably do with actual jury duty and make up any excuse to get out of it. Hey, I understand.