Mike Tomlin won’t take the bait on Richard Seymour

The Pittsburgh Steelers made no secret that they thought linebacker James Harrison was treated too harshly when the NFL fined him $75,000 this season, and so the NFL’s decision to fine Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour $25,000 for smacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was practically begging for a complaint out of Pittsburgh about double standards.

But when given an opportunity to offer a reaction to the fine, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he isn’t going to get into it.

“None. I don’t have a reaction. I tend to focus on things that are relevant to our team,” Tomlin said, per SteelersLounge.com. “That’s between Richard Seymour and the NFL office.”

Harrison argues that what Seymour did is worse than what Harrison himself did, and several people inside the Steelers organization have said they don’t think Harrison should have been fined at all for his hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. So it would be easy for the Steelers to pounce on the fact that Seymour paid just one-third the price for his infraction that Harrison paid for his.

Tomlin, however, is taking a pass on chiming in on league discipline, at least when it’s not for one of his players.

56 responses to “Mike Tomlin won’t take the bait on Richard Seymour

  1. Tomlin = all class. Take the high road in public and let the owners deal with the league office.

    Steelers fans = all class for not throwing anything on Seymour as he was escorted from the game.

    Goodell = corrupt turd ruining the NFL!

  2. Let’s see, slapping a r@pist in the HELMET with an open hand or spearing a defenseless WR, yeah both should seem to warrant the same fine, geez, give it a rest!!!!!

  3. None. I don’t have a reaction. I tend to focus on things that are relevant to our team,” Tomlin said.
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    Well it’s good to know that his two time Super Bowl winning franchise quarterback getting sucker punched in the face AFTER the whistle is not relevant to the team.

    I don’t think relevant means what Tomlin thinks it means.

  4. If Seymour had jumped on top of Ben and pounded him and broken his jaw, that would be worth a response. As it was, he just gave him a little love tap. Ben is tough, no reason to complain any further

  5. Harrison argues lots of things, non of which make sense, but since this time it suits your argument, Harrison is suddenly moses coming down from the mountain.

  6. Good job Coach Tomlin. Way to focus on the future and the offensive juggernaut that is the Buffalo Bills. Oh wait, they were playing the Bungirls last week. Nevermind Coach, please comment.

  7. He punched a QB in the face. . . Anyone that plays football knows that you split a guys chin open by punching the bottom of the face mask in to the chin.

    Punching A guy in the face is 1/3 less the penalty than a football hit. . . . hmmmmm

  8. He’s right. This is the kind of thing that can unite a team in the locker room. Just don’t mention it to the media until after the game in dallas.

  9. You screaming mimis at PFT really need to stop trying to stir crap up – Seymour’s bitch slap is not the same as Harrison’s (or anybody elses) helmet to helmet hit- it’s apples and oranges.

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    mybuttsayspft says: Nov 23, 2010 1:26 PM

    Let’s see, slapping a r@pist in the HELMET with an open hand or spearing a defenseless WR, yeah both should seem to warrant the same fine, geez, give it a rest!!!!!

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    First of all it wasn’t a spear. . . Do you even know anything about football?

    Second of all punching a player in the face is 1/3 less the penalty than a hit that happens in every stadium on every weekend. . . .

    I saw that same hit in the Eagles game the other night and there was no flag or fine (yet).

  11. citizenstrange says:
    Nov 23, 2010 1:34 PM
    None. I don’t have a reaction. I tend to focus on things that are relevant to our team,” Tomlin said.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well it’s good to know that his two time Super Bowl winning franchise quarterback getting sucker punched in the face AFTER the whistle is not relevant to the team.

    I don’t think relevant means what Tomlin thinks it means.
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    I think he means that Seymour’s fine from the league is not relevant to the Steelers plans for the rest of the season.

  12. raplisburger deserved much more…too bad he didnt have his bodyguards to protect him…cowering in fetal position classic

  13. how is this the low road for the NFL???

    He got ejected AND fined. Harrison has yet to be suspended.

    Punishment is adequate, ejection AND fine …

    Harrison should be suspended and not fined for whatever he does next, three fines are enough … it is time to go.

  14. As much as I hate to admit it, Tomlin was smart and played his cards well here. He’s the head man, and if the team see’s him constantly bitching about the league office then they will follow suit. He should let his fans do all the bitching, they sure do a fine job.

  15. Please will some one tell me what was Ben doing on the field after the td. He is never on the field after a td. He runs right off. Why was he there.

  16. People that hate Ben and the Steelers just can’t be honest if their life depended on it. If an opposing DL just turned around and smacked their QB knocking them down they would be screaming for a a bigger fine and possibly a suspension, and they know it.

    But no matter, Steelers and Ben kicked the Raiders asses, that is the best retaliation. Ben had an awesome game, he couldn’t be stopped the entire game. He crushed their defense, period. Game is over, GODell is an inconsistent moron like most of us knew, and now awaiting the Bills.

    GO STEELERS!!

  17. @ myspaceyourface says:

    You’re right I don’t know anything about football cause I’m not a steeler fan.

  18. After watching the Raiders/Steelers game on Sunday, Im convinced the league is throwing a few extra flags a week on them. I think Goodell is tired of the Super Bowl parades in Pittsburgh and also wants more more ratings…which is helped by more scoring.

  19. Ben Roethlisberger should be used to getting slapped in the head, not by men though.
    Tomlin is correct not to address the difference in fines as he has more important things to deal with. Smart and focused guy.

  20. Wow. First NONE of his “team mates” came to help him when Seymour pimp slapped him to the ground and now his coach is keeping quiet.
    Very, very telling. Seems there is more going on in the locker room than one would believe. Luckily they are winning or I’m sure we would hear the grumblings.

  21. And yet, still no mention on this site about the poor officiating the entire game.

    King Goodell is the master of coverup.

  22. Well shouldnt Harrison start talking about retiring now.

    The world is just so mean to da wittle abused Stealers

  23. what can he say, besides ackowledging that he has an o-line that does not know how to block, and only knows how to grab hold of d-lineman and pull them to the ground on almost everyplay, and don’t get called for it. I love the steeler fans who complain about the refs, when in fact the refs turn a blind eye to your lame ass play.

  24. Wow. Didn’t like the mention of Harrison beating on Francisco in the Superbowl so much you deleted it. Classy…

  25. warchild132 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 3:15 PM
    Well shouldnt Harrison start talking about retiring now.
    The world is just so mean to da wittle abused Stealers
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    I was thinking the same thing, I’ve never heard a team bitch so much as the Steelers have this year. I’m a Ravens fan and I’ll be the first to say that Pittsburgh normally isn’t like that. But good god, this year they’re acting like a bunch of skirts…quit whining about every single fine/result/penalty every week and just play football

  26. jackhall00 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 2:55 PM
    Wow. First NONE of his “team mates” came to help him when Seymour pimp slapped him to the ground and now his coach is keeping quiet.
    Very, very telling. Seems there is more going on in the locker room than one would believe. Luckily they are winning or I’m sure we would hear the grumblings.
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    OR, you can just make ’em up as you go along.

  27. jackhall00 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 2:55 PM
    Wow. First NONE of his “team mates” came to help him when Seymour pimp slapped him to the ground and now his coach is keeping quiet.
    Very, very telling. Seems there is more going on in the locker room than one would believe. Luckily they are winning or I’m sure we would hear the grumblings.
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    What in the world are you talking about? Two or three linemen immediately bent down to help him out, and Chris Kemoeatu ran after Seymour (netting a 15 yard penalty in the process). Watch the replay!

    The numer of times PFT posters shamelessly lie is astounding

  28. “Wow. First NONE of his “team mates” came to help him when Seymour pimp slapped him to the ground and now his coach is keeping quiet.”

    This is absolutely incorrect. I was at the game. Chris Kemoeatu was right next to Ben, hit Seymour back and was given a 15 yard penalty for it. It offset the Seymour penalty.

  29. You know, this one of the reasons why I have hated the Steelers for almost 40 years now. They dominate a game, win by 32-points and their fans STILL find something to cry about. Conspiracy theory against the Steelers? Look who leads the league in penalties then STFU!! Seymore did what millions of people would pay more than $25K to do by punching ‘Worthless-booger’!! It’s just a shame that he had his helmet on! My cuz was the Raiders’ MLB on the ‘Immaculate Deception’, wanna talk about a bad call, Steeler Fans??

  30. From the league’s standpoint, these two issues are apples and oranges. What Harrison did is directly concerned with player safety. As for Seymour, it’s just bad sportsmanship. No serious injury risk, plus Seymour already got kicked out of a game for it.

  31. The difference in the fines between Seymour and Harrison is, Harrison is a repeat offender so yes his fine is going to be bigger. And if Harrison keeps leading with his helmet he’ll get suspended too.
    What ever Kemoeatu was doing to Seymour all game long, it worked, he got into Seymour’s head and eventually got him kicked out of the game.
    I will admit it was nice to see Ben get knocked on his ass too!

  32. The fine should have been higher….Suspension not necessary…jackhalloo needs to watch games before posting…

  33. badmude – – – -Semour is a repeat offender as well. . . . .

    Last year he punched a Cleveland RB and was fined for it. . .

    Know before you Go. . . . . . . .

    What happened on the field has nothing to do with what happened off the field. . . Anyone who suggests it does is just baiting and being ignorant. . .(i.e. Ben deserved it)

    Seymour has done this before, this was his second time.

  34. FACTS:

    Seymour got fined and ejected from the game for what everyone is calling a non-hit

    Harrison has gotten fined and has yet to be ejected from the game even though he has knocked players out of the game

    Steelers pounded the Raiders

  35. I don’t think Harrison should have been fined for the hit on the Browns receiver either.That being said he needs to learn to tacle the way his pewee coaches tought him, brake down and tackle the waist, you pig headed moron. The NFL has a schedule for fighting penalties and Seymour was fined the max, so I don’t know why all the sqeeulers fans are crying again. Ben deserved what he got and should have been flagged for taunting. Seymour just gained alot more fans than he lost. Da Rrrraiders!!!!

  36. badmude says:
    Nov 23, 2010 4:33 PM
    The difference in the fines between Seymour and Harrison is, Harrison is a repeat offender
    _____________

    Seymour’s also a repeat offender. For instance, he was ejected and fined for hitting Cleveland’s Jerome Harrison last year. Don’t let facts get in your way, though.

  37. raiderfankirk says:
    Nov 23, 2010 5:04 PM
    I don’t think Harrison should have been fined for the hit on the Browns receiver either.That being said he needs to learn to tacle the way his pewee coaches tought him, brake down and tackle the waist, you pig headed moron. The NFL has a schedule for fighting penalties and Seymour was fined the max, so I don’t know why all the sqeeulers fans are crying again. Ben deserved what he got and should have been flagged for taunting. Seymour just gained alot more fans than he lost. Da Rrrraiders!!!!
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    Wrong.

  38. radrntn says:
    Nov 23, 2010 3:19 PM
    what can he say, besides ackowledging that he has an o-line that does not know how to block, and only knows how to grab hold of d-lineman and pull them to the ground on almost everyplay, and don’t get called for it. I love the steeler fans who complain about the refs, when in fact the refs turn a blind eye to your lame ass play.
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    You are a huge pu**y

  39. badmude says:
    Nov 23, 2010 4:33 PM
    The difference in the fines between Seymour and Harrison is, Harrison is a repeat offender so yes his fine is going to be bigger. And if Harrison keeps leading with his helmet he’ll get suspended too.
    What ever Kemoeatu was doing to Seymour all game long, it worked, he got into Seymour’s head and eventually got him kicked out of the game.
    I will admit it was nice to see Ben get knocked on his ass too!
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    Seymour was also a repeat offender.

  40. Thank you Lord!

    I don’t know how I would exist without one more day of bitching, whiney Steeler fans.

    Grow a pair, already.

  41. Not that many of you would understand this, but when someone controls the message that person is able to do all kinds of mischief. The punch that wasn’t has been classified as a shove. The incident has been classified as fighting. It takes a minimum of two people to have a fight.

    The message sent by Roger Goodell and the National Fine League is that other teams can do what they want to the Steelers players and there will be no real consequence. But if the Steelers employ their physicality than the team will be penalized and fined as often as necessary. It’s just that simple.

    Fire Goodell.

  42. “Steelers fans = all class for not throwing anything on Seymour as he was escorted from the game.”

    Don’t confuse class with not being totally stupid. He was being escorted to the tunnel by a Cop. Accidentally hit a cop with something and it’s off to jail you go.

  43. raiderfankirk says:
    Nov 23, 2010 5:04 PM
    I don’t think Harrison should have been fined for the hit on the Browns receiver either.That being said he needs to learn to tacle the way his pewee coaches tought him, brake down and tackle the waist, you pig headed moron. The NFL has a schedule for fighting penalties and Seymour was fined the max, so I don’t know why all the sqeeulers fans are crying again. Ben deserved what he got and should have been flagged for taunting. Seymour just gained alot more fans than he lost. Da Rrrraiders!!!!
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    Never mind that Da Rrrraiders are dangerously close to being excluded from post season play, and even if the score was 21-3 when it happened, Seymour’s actions did nothing but hurt your chances of winning. Wear it.

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