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Pittsburgh Steelers G Ramon Foster read Jon Runyan the riot act over JuJu Smith-Schuster's suspension.

Ramon Foster bashes NFL exec over JuJu Smith-Schuster discipline

Ryan Wooden

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster has become one of the franchise’s most outspoken leaders in his nine years with the team and it should come as no surprise that he didn’t bite his tongue about the latest Steelers controversy.

Rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended a game for an illegal hit on and subsequent taunting of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. However, given that Smith-Schuster has no history, many Steelers, including Foster, felt that the suspension was overkill.

And Foster even went as far as to bash Jon Runyan, the NFL’s vice president of football operations and former 14-year NFL veteran, who was responsible for handing down the initial suspension.

“Didn’t Runyan win the league’s most dirty player one or two times?” Foster said according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Is he just trying to get back in the good graces of God because of that? I don’t know. Is he just trying to fix his karma or what? I don’t know. It’s flawed, that’s the best way I can put it. It’s super flawed.”

James Thrash ultimately denied Smith-Schuster’s appeal while Derrick Brooks overturned the suspension of Bengals safety George Iloka, who hit Antonio Brown helmet-to-helmet on the game-tying touchdown. Still it’s Runyan who is drawing Foster’s ire.