Panthers' Mike Mitchell says Goodell is targeting him

Carolina Panther safety Mike Mitchell accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of targeting him for fines.

Mitchell was fined $7,875 for taunting during the play where St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Goodell doesn't issue these kind of fines. They stem from NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks.

"Roger being Roger, I guess," Mitchell told Carolina reporters. "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."

Mitchell told reporters he's been fined $45,000 this year, a total of five fines.

"Right in Roger's pocket," Mitchell siad. "Right in his pocket is where it's going."

The fines don't go to Goodell actually. They go to a fund that benefits former players in need.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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