Rams QB Sam Bradford injured his knee on this hit from the Panthers' Mike Mitchell. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell called out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, saying he feels like the league is targeting him because of the numerous times he has been fined this season.
Mitchell was fined $7,875 for taunting on the play that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 20. He says he has been fined five times this season and was questioning where his $45,000 worth of fines went.
"Right in Roger's pocket. Right in his pocket. On camera, right in his pocket is where it's going," Mitchell said, via ESPN.com.
"Roger being Roger, I guess," Mitchell continued. "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."
"So obviously there is a bias there, there was a quarterback injured on the play and they want to fine me for that," Mitchell said. "If you're going to fine me for the act, then fine me for both of them. Since you didn't, though, Roger, don't come back and try to fine me."
Mitchell signed a one-year deal with the Panthers in the offseason after spending the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He has 30 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles this season.
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