Much like the Raiders did when they selected him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, it appears Mike Mitchell overvalues himself.
The Panthers safety said Monday he thinks the NFL is “targeting” him for fines, and even accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of pocketing the fine money.
“Roger being Roger, I guess,” Mitchell said when asked about his latest fines, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “To be honest, I think there is a little bit of a targeting system they have out. I think I’m one of the guys they’d been looking for, but I’m OK with that.”
One gets the idea that if Goodell was going to go to the trouble of formulating a good evil-genius plot, he’d aim a little higher than Mike Mitchell, but hey, the man deserves his say.
Mitchell was most recently fined $7,875 for taunting after shoving Rams quarterback Sam Bradford out of bounds. He turned toward the Rams bench with his back to the injured quarterback and raised his arms over his head, making it reasonable to believe he did not know Bradford had suffered a season-ending torn ACL.
But Mitchell has also done some posing over incomplete passes and celebrated at odd times throughout the year, drawing nearly $45,000 in fines for the season.
But his most unusual statement came when asked where the fine money goes.
“Right in Roger’s pocket, Mitchell said, staring into a television camera. “Right in his pocket. On camera, right in his pocket is where it’s going.”
One gets the sense that Goodell might include a little something extra in Mitchell’s next FedEx package, perhaps including a list of the charities fine money is earmarked for.