Fined Panther Mitchell flags NFL, Goodell for targeting

Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell threw a flag onNFL and commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, and the penalty was the same as the one called on him – targeting.

Mitchell was fined for the sixth time during his NFL career, prompting his claim that he is being targeted for fines. Mitchell was fined $7,875 for taunting on a play in which St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 20.

“Roger being Roger, I guess,” Mitchell said, according to a report on ERSPN.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.”

When asked where the fines went, Mitchell looked 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.”

There was no immediate word from the league office if Mitchell might see more punishment for his comments. Another offense could result in suspension under the “repeat offender” clause, which could also result in more playing time for safety Josh Norman from Coastal Carolina University.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

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