Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on appeal Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown’s head on Monday night.
Statement from George Iloka’s agent Ron Slavin following the reduction of his client’s suspension from a suspension to a fine. pic.twitter.com/KxkRwe9gP1
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 6, 2017
Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each got a one-game suspension from the NFL in the aftermath of Pittsburgh’s 23-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break up his game-tying touchdown catch.
Here's the George Iloka hit on Antonio Brown which was supposed to result in a 1-game suspension but after appeal has been overturned to just a fine: pic.twitter.com/k804P8ZCn7
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 6, 2017
Smith-Schuster laid out Vontaze Burfict with a devastating hit as a way to prevent him from tackling Le’Veon Bell. While Burfict was laying on the field, Smith-Schuster stood over him in what has been described as in a taunting manner.
JuJu with the crazy hit on Burfict 😳pic.twitter.com/2DntJwHQgA
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) December 5, 2017
He did apologize following the game, saying he was wrong for standing over Burfict.
I don’t have any intentions to hurt anyone when I play football. I didn’t mean to hurt Vontez Burfict, I just wanted to throw a block for my teammate. I apologize for standing over him and that isn’t me. Praying he gets better.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) December 5, 2017
Smith-Schuster’s suspension has not been overturned and fans are voicing their outrage.
Zero consistency out of this process. I agree with this decision, but it's ludicrous that the same wasn't done for Juju's suspension. Both fineable offenses, but not suspension worthy. These hits and the Gronkowski incident are a false equivalency.
— 23Carlisle (@23Carlisle) December 6, 2017
The #NFL's hypocrisy is ridiculous when it comes to these hits. Rob Gronkowski's hit on that #Bills player was way worse than JuJu Smith Shuster, but JuJu gets a longer suspension than Gronk. He should have been suspended for at least 3 games.
— Robin Byrd (@RobinByrd3) December 6, 2017
I'm sure it's because the NFL hates the Steelers.
— Will Koshover (@Willko33) December 6, 2017
The Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field.