To make matters worse, the Bengals nearly immediately responded with a helmet-to-helmet shot on Steelers superstar Antonio Brown as he caught a touchdown pass to tie the game later in that drive.
"First thing I thought about was like 'Damn, damn 10, 15-yard penalty, '" Smith-Schuster said.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a reputation as one of the dirtier players in the league, but Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster crossed a line in seeking retribution on Monday night.
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The punishment was more severe for Kirkland, who has been removed from the league's officiating rotation without pay for a week. Plenty of other players, including Andre Iguodala, Patrick McCaw and Draymond Green, can also initiate the offense.
"Karma, karma", Brown said nodding, when asked if he was more of a believer in the concept after the game. "You do the wrong things, you get the wrong things out of it". He was also penalized for standing over the linebacker and taunting him. That caused Bell to retaliate and throw Burfict to the ground, which led to him getting a penalty. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me.
"I like that. I like that", said Brown of the block. "And just the way he went down, it was just like - I don't know man". "But I don't hold any grudges, I don't go out there hoping guys get hurt".
Brown suffered a concussion on the play.
When pressed on if he was referring specifically to Burfict leaving with a head injury when he spoke of "karma", Brown said he wasn't talking about any one person. Get the app and get the game.