Was it a punch or more of a slap? Either way, it put Big Ben on the ground and sent Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard “Get Outta My Face” Seymour to the locker room for a time out. (Videos below . . . at least,until the NFL pulls them)
Here’s what happened, according to ESPN:
After completing the 22-yard throw to Emmanuel Sanders, Roethlisberger jumped into the arms of tackle Flozell Adams. Roethlisberger then began walking forward and appeared to say something to Seymour, who turned and struck the quarterback in the jaw with his open right hand.
As Roethlisberger went to his back, lineman Chris Kemoeatu grabbed Seymour. Both Seymour and Kemoeatu drew penalties, but only Seymour was ejected.
After the game, Seymour told the media he was sorry for the outburst. “I apologize to my teammates,” Seymour said. “I never want to do anything to hurt the team. You always want to protect yourself, but there’s no excuse.”