Steelers Brown: Smith-Schusters hit on Burfict karma
Sports Xchange - Wednesday 6th December, 2017
Antonio Brown was overheard repeating the word "karma" as fellow Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster talked to reporters about his block that left Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict prone on the field Monday.
Smith-Schuster leveled Burfict as the latter pursued Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on a 12-yard gain with 7:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. The rookie wideout then stood over Burfict, with Smith-Schuster later admitting that he "messed up" by taunting the fallen linebacker since it cost his team 15 yards.
Burfict was stretchered off the field following the hit.
When asked if his comments were related to Burfict, Brown said, "I ain't talking about nobody. Karma is karma. Karma is in life. You do the wrong things, you get the wrong things out of it."
Brown kept talking about "karma," and said he'd pay any fine incurred by Smith-Schuster.
Smith-Schuster told reporters that he was playing to the whistle on the play, but lamented his actions afterward.
"I didn't mean to stand over him. I was trying to get a big block for Le'Veon Bell for him to get upfield," Smith-Schuster said. "The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me. I shouldn't have done that. I hope he's OK and I hope he gets better."
"He shouldn't have stood over him," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "You coach off the video. The fact that he stood over him. ... That's not reflective of the sportsman he is."
Brown and Burfict have history between them as the latter left the former with a concussion after drilling him in the head during a playoff game following the 2015 regular season. Burfict, who later went so far as to say that Brown faked the injury, was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for the hit.
Brown didn't let the "karma" talk end with Burfict on Monday night. The wideout was on the receiving end of a helmet-to-helmet shot from Cincinnati safety George Iloka on a 6-yard touchdown reception with 3:55 remaining in the contest.
"The guy just left his feet and hit me in the head. Karma for him too. Karma," Brown said.
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