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Outrage Erupts Over JuJu Smith-Schuster, George Iloka, and Rob Gronkowski’s Equal Suspensions

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. 

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. 

Bengals’ George Iloka got his own one game suspension with a helmet-to-helmet hit after Antonio Brown had already caught the ball. 

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. 

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:

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. 

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