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Steelers safety Mike Mitchell went off on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the state of the league Wednesday afternoon, railing against the inconsistency of how hits, legal or not, are policed.

The tirade came in light of news that Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown reduced to a just a fine, while another Steelers wideout, Juju Smith-Schuster, did not win a similar appeal after a crack-back block and taunt of injured Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Mitchell delivered a long monologue on his problems with the league as it stands, from the overabundance of flags thrown to the leadership of the league and the player's union to criticism from television analysts.

"They go to their locker rooms, they go to their meeting rooms and their players are praising them, their coaches are praising them, but their check, their wallets are being deducted thousands of dollars for doing what we learned how to do to come into this game".

Let the debate begin.

Financial terms of the contract for Goodell, who has been commissioner of the most popular US sports league since 2006, were not disclosed but multiple media reports said the two sides agreed to a five-year deal worth $200 million. I think we're all very well aware of the dangers of the game. You can not do it. Many have ripped the NFL for giving Smith-Schuster the same penalty it gave Gronkowski, whose hit was among the most indefensible the league has ever seen. Carolina's three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen (foot) returned to practice and is expected to play against Minnesota. Except the Hasselbeck thing anyway - he was mad that Hasselbeck said his hit on Alex Smith was dirty, but the league did fine Mitchell nearly $50,000 for the hit and Smith was pretty mad about it. No one wants to be paralyzed.

"This is football. If you want to see flag football then let's take our pads off". If a ball is in the air and the man jumps and a man ducks his head, how do you want me to readjust my body? These are all things that are negative. And you're complaining because the league is taking steps to at least try and reduce it. "Make it flag football". Before I was drafted, I had $368 in my bank account. You suspend a kid for playing hard. I've changed my family legacy by this handsome game of football forever. That is far from the case today.

"This is a combat, contact sport", Mitchell said, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. This is a man's game. "It's for grown men". There's just so much going on in the game right now. That would make it easier for me, because now I don't have to wear heavy s-.

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