Since Roger Goodell has taken over as commissioner of the NFL in 2006, the league has began to focus more on player safety. Hoping to improve players’ safety, in 2010, the league added penalties for targeting a players head and hitting a defenseless player. During Goodell’s tenure, he has also developed a reputation for fining players that deliver hard or illegal hits. In fact, over the first seven weeks of the 2013 season, Goodell and the NFL have given out a total of $7,072,251 in fines.
One player who has felt the wrath of Goodell this season is Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell who was recently fined $7,875 dollars for taunting quarterback Sam Bradford as he laid on the field injured during the team’s week seven win over the Rams.
Mitchell believes Roger Goodell and the NFL are targeting him to accumulate more fines.
“Roger being Roger, I guess,” Mitchell said when asked about his latest fines, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “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.”
The most controversial part of the interview came when Mitchell was asked where the fine money goes when players are fined.
“Right in Roger’s pocket, Mitchell said, staring into a television camera. “Right in his pocket. On camera, right in his pocket is where it’s going.”
Well, it looks like Mitchell is going to be fined again by Roger Goodell and the NFL.