Maurkice Pouncey is calling out Detroit’s defense.
The Pittsburgh center was not happy when the Lions’ defensive line broke an unwritten rule in Sunday’s game by hitting players while the Steelers were taking a knee on the final plays of the game to wind down the clock.
“You have to show sportsmanship,” Pouncey told ESPN. “You just lost the game. We’re taking a knee. What are you trying to prove right now? If anybody’s playing [dirty], that’s dirty s— right there. They literally tried to attack me, come off 100 miles per hour. I ain’t going for that … Do it during the game. You want to do it while we’re taking a knee? It’s a general rule of sportsmanship. You don’t do that type of s—.”
The Steelers were running down the final 48 seconds of the clock when Lions tackles A’Shawn Robinson and Akeem Spence jumped Pittsburgh’s interior line. Robinson was promptly ejected for throwing a punch at Steelers guard Ramon Foster after Pouncey fought back and a skirmish broke out.
Pouncey was adamant that a suspension could be warranted for hitting on a kneeling play.
“I can’t respect a man like that,” Pouncey said. “Knowing we’re just about to snap the ball and stand there and you want to fire off? That’s player safety. It’s a general, common thing.”
After picking up their third straight win at Ford Field, the Steelers will get a bye in Week 9 before visiting the Colts in Week 10.