Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been a nightmare for opposing offenses, and not always for the right reasons. In addition to his skill as a linebacker, Burfict has built a reputation for being a dirty player. Nothing highlights that better than the brutal targeting penalty against Antonio Brown last year that kept Brown sidelined during the divisional playoff game. Burfict sat the first three games of this season out on suspension for the hit.
Since coming back, it’s become clear that the suspension didn’t teach Burfict any lessons. During last week’s loss to the Patriots, Burfict took a late hit to Martellus Bennett’s knees and stomped on LeGarette Blount’s leg after a touchdown. Many suspected that Burfict would face another penalty, but the NFL ruling today should be considered a lucky break for Burfict.
According to Pro Football Talk, Burfict was issued a $75,000 fine for stomping on Blount’s leg, while receiving no punishment for the late hit on Bennett. That brings the total fines Burfict has been issued for illegal hits up to nearly $280,000 dollars. That’s an incredible amount of money, and even more incredible is the fact that it hasn’t stopped Burfict from playing dirty. While the fine is steep, Burfict is lucky to escape with only a fine. The next time he pulls a move like that, expect harsher punishments.