Vontaze Burfict is no stranger to controversy. He recently sparked off another controversy after he was suspended for “repeated violations of player-safety rules”, the NFL announced Monday night.
Apparently the ban has been confirmed for the first three games of 2016 and not for the whole season. According to the ESPN reports Burfict will appeal as the NFL sources cited his recent transgression for the suspension.
NFL sources quote, “An unnecessary roughness penalty with 22 seconds remaining in Saturday’s AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers — as the tipping point. On the play, Burfict hit Steelers receiver Antonio Brown after Brown couldn’t catch a high pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown currently is under the concussion protocol because of the hit.”
NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks confirmed the ruling against the fourth-year player as “Burfict’s action “placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.”
Espn sources state that if the ban is upheld, it will cost Burfict $502,941 of his 2016 base salary, and “he will have forfeited $647,395 since just before the 2014 season, when he signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension.”
Let us take a look at the number of times Burfict’s play has come under the scanner.
As per the ESPN Stats & Information Vontaze Burfict’s list of fines:
- 2015 Week 17: $50K for unnecessarily contacting an opponent who was out of the play vs. Ravens
- 2015 Week 14: A total of $69,454 for roughing the passer, face mask and unnecessary roughness penalties
- 2014 Week 6: $25K for twisting the ankles of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen
- 2013 Week 8: $21K for hitting Stephen Hill with the crown of his helmet
- 2013 Week 6: $7,875 for a face mask penalty vs. Bills’ Fred Jackson
- 2013 Week 3: A total of $31K combined for hit on a defenseless player and striking an opponent in the groin
The Cincinnati Bengal’s line-breaker definitely has to rethink his aggression on the pitch.