Antonio Brown says he’ll pay JuJu Smith-Schuster’s potential fine
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was a big fan of the hit that fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster put on controversial Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. It’s pretty clear the hard block that knocked Burfict out of the game is going to draw a fine, but it also sounds like the rookie won’t have to worry about paying it.
“As JuJu Smith-Schuster talked about his block on Vontaze Burfict, Antonio Brown kept yelling ‘Karma’ in Smith-Schuster’s direction,” wrote ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Said ‘Touchdown Brown’ will pay his fine.”
The Steelers and Bengals have a rough history with a lot of these types of late hits, and Burfict himself has been fined and suspended in the past. There’s bad blood, which is why Brown thinks the hit on Monday night was just karma coming back around to Burfict.
Here’s the video of Smith-Schuster’s interview: with Brown yelling in the background:
As JuJu Smith-Schuster describes his block on Vontaze Burfict, Antonio Brown keeps yelling ‘Karma.' pic.twitter.com/rX6COmuxoE
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 5, 2017
The hit itself was brutal, and Smith-Schuster – who is just joining this rivalry, as a rookie – even walked over the injured Burfict to taunt him afterward. He was flagged twice, once for the illegal hit to the head, and then for taunting.
Here’s the hit. It’s incredible.
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) December 5, 2017
What the Steelers really have to worry about is a potential suspension. They play the rival Baltimore Ravens this week on Sunday Night Football, and then play the New England Patriots on Dec. 17 in what could really decide playoff seeding in the AFC. The Patriots and Steelers are both 10-2.
If Smith-Schuster does get suspended, it’s likely to be a one-game deal. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski just got one game for throwing a late hit after a play was dead, with the opposing player already lying on the ground, and he gave rookie corner Tre’Davious White a concussion.
Smith-Schuster’s hit was a hard block, and the taunting doesn’t help his case, but it all happened during the course of the play.