Hit with a fine of $7,875 from the NFL for allegedly taunting Sam Bradford after the St. Louis quarterback suffered a season-ending injury, Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell called out Roger Goodell on Monday, saying the commissioner is targeting him.
Here’s Mitchell on the fine:
Roger being Roger, I guess. 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.
So obviously there is a bias there, there was a quarterback injured on the play and they want to fine me for that. If you’re going to fine me for the act, then fine me for both of them. Since you didn’t, though, Roger, don’t come back and try to fine me (ESPN).
Mitchell went on to deny that he’s a dirty player:
I’m not going to change the way that I play. I’m not getting penalties, I’m not playing dirty, I’m not hitting anyone to the head. If you want to fine me on these little judgmental things, keep them coming. It’s a write-off.
$47,250 in fines were handed out after the game between the Panthers and the Rams.