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Mike Mitchell thinks Roger Goodell’s pocketing fines

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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.

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41 Responses to “Mike Mitchell thinks Roger Goodell’s pocketing fines”
  1. drunkwino says: Oct 28, 2013 5:44 PM

    Well, the NFL is listed as a non-profit…

  2. yosoysanmateo says: Oct 28, 2013 5:46 PM

    I was initially excited when watching his college tape and seeing that he’s a hitter … but once he got to Oakland it was obvious he couldn’t really cover and he seemed like he was always trying to start something with opposing players … he seems like the type of guy that would take things way too far if you accidentally bumped into him in a mall or something

  3. jdubb84 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    duh!

  4. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 28, 2013 5:55 PM

    Darin was probably bullied by Raiders fans as a kid.

  5. granadafan says: Oct 28, 2013 5:59 PM

    Mitchell is not the only who thinks that. The NFL *claims* the fines are going to charity but they have not revealed to which charities and what percentage of the fines. Is it 100% or a percentage minus the NFL’s service fees and “administrative deductions?”

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 28, 2013 5:59 PM

    Scraping by on a lousy 20 million per annum, Roger has to supplement his income whenever he can.

  7. pilot2011 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:01 PM

    well he’s the starting free safety for the #1 defense in the league. He can say what he wants

    go panthers

  8. nathpz says: Oct 28, 2013 6:02 PM

    You don’t need to pocket fines when the owners already pay you $30 million a year to grind up a bunch of young men into meat, screw them out of pay, and then pretend you care about their safety.

  9. csilojohnson says: Oct 28, 2013 6:17 PM

    National Fine, Flag, and Cry League.

  10. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 28, 2013 6:48 PM

    Yep Mike, that’s one of Goodell’s many ways to make more money.

  11. demolition510 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:53 PM

    So where exactly is the fine going, Roger????

  12. commonsensedude says: Oct 28, 2013 6:57 PM

    “An NFL player implying there may be funny business going on with the way fines are administered?? The nerve!! This is going to cost him .. eh … let’s see .. $9,654.27. Yeah, that’s our .. eh … standard fine.”

  13. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:58 PM

    Anyone who celebrates chasing a guy out of bounds is an idiot.

  14. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 28, 2013 6:59 PM

    nathpz says:
    Oct 28, 2013 6:02 PM
    You don’t need to pocket fines when the owners already pay you $30 million a year to grind up a bunch of young men into meat, screw them out of pay, and then pretend you care about their safety.

    ************************

    If that’s how you feel then you should take a moral stand and boycott watching football…

    You know, a protest for these defenseless young men with no possible way to make their own decisions in life, while making millions doing something they have loved since they we’re kids.

    Yeah, those bad old owners. Making those helpless kids do this with their lives…

  15. bigbadal21 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:10 PM

    Actually it would be much better if the fines went to a fund for retired players. I can just see them sitting on their coach screaming “hit that sob”

  16. overdrawnagain says: Oct 28, 2013 7:17 PM

    For a guy who has said some stupid shxx over the years, this might take the cake. Yeah, I’m sure Roger is pocketing it. Sure. And it was Roger who turned out the lights at last years Super Bowl. As for the comments by the others (how do they come up with the specific amounts)…you can thank the good old Player Union for that one.

  17. ronmexicoaquafina says: Oct 28, 2013 7:18 PM

    I love when they put a microphone in front of a smart person and let them talk…

  18. fdugrad says: Oct 28, 2013 7:24 PM

    Very perceptive and smooth comment. He must be the most clever player in the locker room!!

  19. txraiderfan says: Oct 28, 2013 7:30 PM

    I hate Roger

  20. war27 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:40 PM

    Over valued but the Bears wanted him for their very good defense during that draft and he’s starting on a NFL team now…..

  21. shadylamp says: Oct 28, 2013 7:43 PM

    He’s right without even knowing he’s right. The NFL writes off those charitable donations come tax season. The more fines that are dealt out, the more the NFL claims. That gives the NFL a tax shelter which is indirectly lining the NFL’s pockets even more than they already are. The players should be doing the tax write off for charitable donations, NOT the NFL. Greedy, manipulative and just flat out evil.

  22. aldavisisthenfl says: Oct 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    Mitchell is another reason I love my new Raiders…

    I thought that bum was working at Home Depot, my bad….

  23. hendeeze says: Oct 28, 2013 7:47 PM

    Mike Mitchell who? The last time I heard that name Mayock was clowning the Raiders for picking him 5 rounds too high! I guess Mayock was right!

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:04 PM

    shadylamp says:

    He’s right without even knowing he’s right. The NFL writes off those charitable donations come tax season. The more fines that are dealt out, the more the NFL claims. That gives the NFL a tax shelter which is indirectly lining the NFL’s pockets even more than they already are.
    _________________________

    Ummmm, hate to tell ya Shady, but the NFL is legally a “non-profit organization”. Which means they are tax exempt and don’t pay them.

    Thanks for playing the conspiracy theory game, please feel free to try again later.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    pilot2011 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:01 PM

    well he’s the starting free safety for the #1 defense in the league. He can say what he wants

    go panthers
    ————–

    He’s a bum, and the Seahawks and Chiefs are far better and have actually played someone.

  26. erock27 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:22 PM

    The nfl is basically a reality show

  27. pfic15 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:34 PM

    Oh look. Another victim.

  28. rayguyreturns says: Oct 28, 2013 8:45 PM

    The guy is a missle. Unfortunately he is a SCUD with no guidance system. You never know where he will land or do next. Mostly he ends up being a dud. The king of the bad pursuit angle.

  29. raiderapologist says: Oct 28, 2013 9:01 PM

    hendeeze says: Oct 28, 2013 7:47 PM

    Mike Mitchell who? The last time I heard that name Mayock was clowning the Raiders for picking him 5 rounds too high! I guess Mayock was right!
    ———–
    That was five years ago. He’s still in the league, making 725k this season. Not great by NFL standards, but ten times better than me, and probably almost as much as you. By the way, it’s not “Mike Mitchell who?”. That doesn’t make sense.

  30. commonsensedude says: Oct 28, 2013 9:13 PM

    Rumor has it that, every year, the NFL generously donates all player fines to “The Human Fund” – in honor of Festevus.

  31. jaggedmark says: Oct 28, 2013 9:40 PM

    Goodell has a salary of over 17 mil per year. Pretty sure he’s not pocketing bubble gum money.

  32. noaxetogrind says: Oct 28, 2013 9:46 PM

    @ shadylamp, the way you said it you would think you knew what you were talking about. As another poster has already correctly posted, the NFL gets no credit for their donations and to add to that, the players can claim their fine money as a charitible donation on the tax return.

  33. ehawley01 says: Oct 28, 2013 9:50 PM

    As I have often been citied for kicking the Panthers when they are down, I will say something positive this one time, Football is a contact sport, and I for one am all in favor of contact with the opposing team. The Panthers have one of the top five ranked defense in the NFL! But the downside is it just depends which Offense shows up for the game as to who will win!…Go Panthers!

  34. wtfchiefs says: Oct 28, 2013 10:20 PM

    I bet the fine money goes to Goodell’s favorite city, London.

  35. thundastormz says: Oct 29, 2013 1:24 AM

    Panthers are going to sneak into the playoffs and shake things up.

  36. joetoronto says: Oct 29, 2013 5:08 AM

    Darin is upset because he knows that Terrell Pryor is what Scam Newton was supposed to be, hence his hate for the Raiders.

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Darin.

  37. ryanrockzzz says: Oct 29, 2013 7:42 AM

    The fact he was fined for just shoving a player out of bounds is insane. No matter what he did in the past, that hit was not bad in the least.

    But that’s the way the league is going. All offense, no big hits, and no one getting hurt, especially if they play a moneymaking position. I’d feel better about it if the NFL really seemed like they wanted to protect the players, but really it’s all in the name of the almighty $.

  38. wfederal says: Oct 29, 2013 8:01 AM

    @Mr. Wright… The Chiefs have not played anyone. You clearly haven’t seen the Panthers play if you can’t respect their defense.

  39. panthernation45 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:25 AM

    Other fans can say what hey want, but Mitchell has been nothing short of solid this year haah. He did get drafted to high, I remember when he got drafted because Kiper was absolutely shocked and dint even have him in his draft book.

    And for people saying Seattle’s defense has played someone… c’mon now, if anything Carolina is equal to KC and Seattle.

  40. jgedgar70 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:06 AM

    Roger being Roger? I liked that. I doubt that Roger has a list of players that they want to fine as much as possible and I doubt that Roger gets the fie money. Nevertheless, I thought what Mitchell said was funny. But you have to remember that we Panthers fans were bored silly by John Fox pressers that were so boring you could put amphetamine freaks to sleep with them. After all those years of “it is what it is,” “he’s got a knee” and “he gives us the best chance to win,” it’s nice to have guys like Greg Hardy (the Falcons kicker “is so small and weird-shaped”) and Mitchell who have a few screws loose that give us entertaining sound bites.

  41. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 29, 2013 9:48 AM

    Goodell makes $30,000,000.00/year – so it’s not real likely that he’s embezzling the equivalent of couch change to supplement his income.

    Goodell can be infuriating, but this latest claim against him is absurd.

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