The fact that the NFL only fined Richard Seymour $25,000 for his punch to the chin of Ben Roethlisberger is a joke.

After a play late in the second quarter, with the Steelers winning by 17 points, something aggravated Oakland Raiders veteran defensive lineman Richard Seymour enough that he hit Roethlisberger with a palm strike to the jaw, as you can see in the video below.

Roethlisberger’s team mate, James Harrison, got fined $20,000 for a hit he levied during a game a few weeks ago, and Seymour’s fine only exceeded it by $5,000?  Tackling is part of the game, punching someone in the face isn’t.  Harrison’s hit happened during a play on the field.  Seymour’s happened well after the whistle had blown.

If Seymour had done more damage, which could’ve only needed a slight alteration of the placement or force of the hit, he could’ve been arrested for what he did.  Assault and Battery is far more serious than a harmful hit during the course of the game, and yet the NFL doesn’t seem to think so.  In fact, Seymour isn’t even being suspended for next week.

I know a lot of people don’t like Ben Roethlisberger right now, given his off-field antics.  A lot of people won’t take Big Ben’s side in this one because they’re tired of (the perceived notion that) the league coming down harder on people who perpetrate acts against quarterbacks in comparison to other players.   All of that should be put aside and the acts themselves be considered.  I know most people won’t do that, so I’m basically wasting my time trying to make the argument, but it doesn’t make me any less right in my beliefs.

For people who don’t like Ben Roethlisberger and/or the Steelers, they might appreciate the fact that Ben and (head coach) Mike Tomlin took the high road when asked about it after the game.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5836782

Richard Seymour should be ashamed of himself.