It’s no secret that the NFL has been handing out fines left and right this season. Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell has been hit with five fines this season and let’s just says he’s not happy about it.
Mitchell’s most recent fine was a $7,875 fine for taunting during the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ week 7 win over the Rams. That fine brought his total fine dollars close to a staggering $45,000.
When asked why he’s had to shell out so much money in fines this season, Mitchell blames Roger Goodell. But blaming Goodell wasn’t enough for Mitchell. He takes it a step further and states that all this fine money that the NFL is hitting up players for is going directly into Roger Goodell’s pocket.
“Roger being Roger, I guess,” Mitchell said. “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.”
Mitchell said it was his fifth fine of the year, including the preseason, totaling close to $45,000. Asked where the fines went, Mitchell stared into a television camera and said, “Right in Roger’s pocket. Right in his pocket. On camera, right in his pocket is where it’s going.”
Mitchell went on to defend his play on the field and vows to play the way he always plays.
“I’m just being targeted because I play football and am physical,” Mitchell said. “I’m not out here cheap-shotting guys or doing dirty plays like you’ve seen people from Detroit do. I’m not going to name any names, but I’m not out here doing those things, so why I’m getting fined I have no idea.
“I’m going to keep playing my game. It’s working for our defense. As long as I’m not getting penalties, then I’m fine with this.”
Unlike Brandon Meriweather, Mitchell is challenging the NFL without being a lunatic about it.