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Posted at 6:18 PM ET, 11/21/2010

Richard Seymour apologizes -- to Raiders -- after hitting Ben Roethlisberger

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 8:18 p.m.

Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour apologized -- to his teammates -- for smacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the facemask in Pittsburgh's 35-3 victory.

After throwing a touchdown pass that gave Pittsburgh a 21-3 lead, Roethlisberger jumped into the arms of his tackle, Flozell Adams, then began walking. He seemed to speak to Seymour, who turned and struck Roethlisberger in the jaw. As Roethlisberger fell to the ground, lineman Chris Kemoeatu grabbed Seymour. Both Seymour and Kemoeatu drew penalties and Seymour was ejected.

"I apologize to my teammates," Seymour said afterward. "I never want to do anything to hurt the team. You always want to protect yourself, but there's no excuse. ... I'm not sure why he [Roethlisberger] ran up on me. I just turned around and it was a natural reaction."

Seymour said he doesn't remember Roethlisberger saying anything to him. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh's coach, downplayed the incident...no doubt measuring his words because, as Tony Dungy said, translating coachspeak on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" telecast, officials had let the game get out of hand and Tomlin didn't want to say that. There were scuffles, 163 yards in penalties and James Harrison of the Steelers was flagged for roughing the passer.

"I'm not going to let that play cloud my opinion of Richard Seymour," Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said afterward. "I think he's an awesome football player and professional. It just got away from us all."

Roethlisberger was equally measured: "It is what it is. I wasn't expecting that from him."

The league will sort this out this week.

By Cindy Boren  | November 21, 2010; 6:18 PM ET
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Comments

I guess Ben thought he was dealing with a teenage girl he had cornered in a bar and could say or do anything he wanted. Best money Seymour ever spent.

Posted by: christophermdavis | November 21, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

It's about time someone gave this clown a good shot in the mouth.

Posted by: petera15 | November 21, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

In full disclosure, this is coming from a Steelers fan:

"There were scuffles, 163 yards in penalties and James Harrison of the Steelers was flagged for roughing the passer." Really? You're gonna single out the call against Harrison? Any particular reason? Perhaps you'd want to expound on this, instead of making it sound like he just took a cheap shot at the Raiders Q, no? Both roughing the passer calls against the Steelers were insanely bullyskwaky, objectively.

Posted by: the_proph | November 22, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Roethlisberger deserved to get ejected just as much as Seymour did.

Posted by: johnc_80 | November 22, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Full disclosure,who has been accused of sexual assault?

Posted by: seanmg | November 22, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

The nfl has turned into a dictatorship . Every week they are telling defensive players to open there check books and burn one to them. Harrison is a phsyical football player. I beleive he is not out there head hunting helpless offensive player.
I hope that at some point one of these fined players says enough and files for justice in the courts to prove a point to the nfl and its players. They are fining players for playing hard & physical . There playing football this is what happens !

Posted by: terryreece | November 22, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

That's exactly what a brother or father of the women this a** clown raped would have liked to do...good on you Seymour.

Posted by: mjandrews8 | November 22, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Awwwww, Poor Ben.

Posted by: jboogie1 | November 22, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! Richard

The whole nation had a high five when Richard decked this looser.
Why is he ( Ben Rothrapist) still in football??????????

Posted by: noodlesjcb | November 22, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Ben said "Let's get ready for the extra point". What was provocative about that? Why should Ben have been ejected for that comment?

Posted by: oligar0601 | November 22, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I'm really surprise and shocked by all the small minded people out here! Seriously, you are condoning this type of behaviour? I don't hear smart a** comments about Ray Lewis or Vick or any other NFL player who has gotten in trouble and tried to come out a better person. Besides as several of you "smart judgemental" people put it he was "accused"! So if you were to be accused of such, all of the world can walk around and call you a rapist? Let us not forget that this last "woman" was under 21, already drunk, in a bar underage and had a HUGE crush on Ben not to mention stalked him when he came to down. SO all of the pee brained people out there, get of your high horse. We do live in a country where we are supposed to be INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN QUILTY! The behaviour displayed from Seymour was totally out of line and uncalled for. This was a game of high emotions and bad calls. No one deserves this, especially after he was given a compliment by Ben.

Posted by: footballchick | November 22, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Rape? Ben was never charged, let alone convicted of any crime, rape or otherwise. You need to teach your daughters its illegal to used fake id underage to enter a nightclub and stalk an NFL quarterback. that was the only crime that was committed. You are really "informationally challenged"

Posted by: pbrunick | November 22, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

No credit for Ben turning his life around? He got the message that he was an a-hole and it looks to me that he's changed his attitude.
As for the punch, Ben is a boy boy, he can take it. It hurt Oakland more than it hurt the Steelers.

Posted by: spro | November 23, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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