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Antonio Brown called teammate's hit on Burfict "karma"

JuJu Smith-Schuster was given a 15-yard penalty on his punishing block of Vontaze Burfict, but was apologetic to press in post-game.


Kahron Spearman


While Pittsburgh Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster was apologetic for his hit on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, teammate Antonio Brown yelled out "karma," throughout Smith-Schuster's press time.

At the 7:10 mark in the fourth, in Pittsburgh's 23-20 win, Smith-Schuster gave Burfict a vicious pot-shot as the controversial linebacker pursued Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. He stood over Burfict as he lay on the field motionless, apparently concussed.

The Southern California product said he "messed up" with the gesture, because it penalized the team. However, it's Brown's remarks and subsequent explanation that perked ears.

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.

Antonio Brown
Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

"I was just playing to the whistle," Smith-Schuster said after the game. "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. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me. I shouldn't have done that. I hope he's OK and I hope he gets better."

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