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NFL suspends Vontaze Burfict three games

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season as a result of repeated violations of player safety rules.

Burfict has committed a litany of infractions, many involving cheap shots against opponents, and the last straw was a hit in Saturday’s playoff loss to the Steelers that gave Antonio Brown a concussion.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks imposed the suspension.

The NFL has also confirmed that Burfict was fined $50,000 for a cheap shot he took at Ravens tight end Maxx Williams in Week 17. That hit was largely overlooked until Burfict’s hit on Brown brought his history of cheap shots back into focus.

Burfict has three days to file an appeal. The NFL has also stated that the actions of other players and coaches from the Steelers-Bengals game are being reviewed for potential discipline.

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  1. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 11, 2016 7:46 PM

    Add it to the petition LOL.

  2. insightfulcomments says: Jan 11, 2016 7:47 PM

    Way too much.

    They are punishing him for injuring Roethlisberger, and that was a clean hit.

  3. exnavysub says: Jan 11, 2016 7:47 PM

    That hit in Week 17 was far worse. He should’ve been suspended for that hit alone.

  4. firerogergoodell says: Jan 11, 2016 7:47 PM

    “Mr. Brown, Jeff Fisher is on line one.”

    – Bengals secretary

  5. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2016 7:48 PM

    Well, that’s not going to stand up. Gets reduced to 1 game on appeal.

  6. zackd2 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:48 PM

    “Cheap shot” if you play for the Bengals.
    “Good hard football players” if you play for one of the NFL’s chosen franchises.

  7. chadp2351 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:49 PM

    Steelers can get away with mutter though. NFL is rigged for the more popular teams. It’s all about money.

  8. ravensfan56 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:49 PM

    I wish the Bengals nothing but cold hot dogs and 0-16 season.

  9. bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:50 PM

    Congratulations you got what you all wanted now shut up and move onto the next person that does something so bad on the field. Funny how everyone forgets about Odell after this happens. Maybe he’ll learn from it I think it’s probably deserved to be honest.

    Move onto something like how big of a joke the officiating is in the NFL. Guarantee you it will cost some team a game in the coming weeks then it won’t be so funny to everyone. You know Brady and Manning one more time will happened in the playoffs that’s what the league will want and that’s what they’ll get. Have fun being on the other side of it this week Steelers.

  10. Kaz says: Jan 11, 2016 7:50 PM

    He’ll appeal and not get the full 3. Now keep an eye on Steelers coaches. If you expect players to keep their poise, then you must hold Coaches to a higher standard….

    If those were Patriot coaches maybe. Could you imagine? But there Steeler coaches (even as repeat defenders) will get a slap on the wrist.

  11. 13arod says: Jan 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Finally the NFL dropping the hammer on a legit suspension

  12. 1969mojo says: Jan 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Willing to bet anything they play NE and Pittsburgh in the first 3 games. Roger is taking care of his bosses (Rooney and Kraft).

  13. zackd2 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    exnavysub says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:47 PM
    That hit in Week 17 was far worse. He should’ve been suspended for that hit alone.

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    Keep your eyes up during a crossing route that’s within 5 yards of the LOS.

  14. bettywhiteshairnet says: Jan 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Bengals fans will say, what about Shazier and Porter? What about them? VB has a history of playing dirty and got off easy with only 3 games. Dude deserves a lifetime ban, he’s a headcase.

  15. raiderapologist says: Jan 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Players get a lot more time than that for smoking weed.

  16. arrooo says: Jan 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Savage

  17. sunset145 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    Good.

  18. mswravens says: Jan 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    If you’re interested, go find the hit on Williams & you’ll see how dirty this guy is…he ‘s running around trying to hurt people. Next time his suspension should be for a year.

  19. punxrawk124 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    I think people now understand why this talented lunatic went undrafted

  20. laxer37 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:53 PM

    Guy got off easy. Next time it will be for the season. Once you have the reputation as a dirty player the punishment is harsh and swift.

  21. jag1959 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:53 PM

    Even that suspension survives appeal intact it’s not enough, should have been a minimum of 4. Jones, Munchak and Shazier each deserve at least a game and Porter’s wallet should be lightened

  22. dolphins512 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:53 PM

    I want to see Joey Porter suspended as well as Mike Munchak. Both of them had a lot to do with events that happened in that game.

  23. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 11, 2016 7:53 PM

    But what about Brown for embellishing?

  24. ehsguy72 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:54 PM

    Unfortunately three games won’t even hit the radar with this fool. He’ll be just as stupid Week 4 when he returns

  25. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 11, 2016 7:54 PM

    The guy is a total scumbag. He should be banned forever.
    He’s not worthy of the opportunity at all.
    He should be working for Wal-Mart. And struggling to make ends meet.
    That’s what he’s worth.
    If that.

  26. mborz says: Jan 11, 2016 7:54 PM

    I wonder, if he had actually gotten a suspension for some of his nonsense in earlier games, maybe he would have gotten his head on straight before this weekend and wouldn’t have had a hand in costing his team their first playoff win in 25 years.

    Just think of how happy Cincy fans would have been — to break their long playoff win drought against the hated Steelers. And by doing it after knocking Ben out of the game too – to avenge Carson in 2005. It would have been perfect for them.

    All they had to do was not implode.

  27. bucsorbust says: Jan 11, 2016 7:55 PM

    Now what? Whether looking at this cheap shot or not, does the NFL Players Association protect members from intentional, wanton, hits to the head that are clearly intended to harm placed on other members? Some dude now has concussion because of a cheap shot. What are the legal repercussions? Not saying this case is the NFL’s fault, but the other player’s fault…making him liable.

  28. kcchefs58 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:55 PM

    This suspension is Burfict to send a message to all players.

  29. a1b24312 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:55 PM

    What about Marvin? Shouldn’t the Sean Payton rule apply – shouldn’t he know/control what happens on his team? Same for Tomlin re: the Steelers coach involved…

  30. bucsorbust says: Jan 11, 2016 7:56 PM

    When I was younger, the word “bong” meant something so much different.

  31. stampnhawk says: Jan 11, 2016 7:56 PM

    Ironic thing is:
    If the Steelers dont put a heasdshot on Bernard, at very least, Bernard is in the game at the end,not Hill.

    Then with no Hill, there is likely no fumble. If there is no fumble,Burifict is a hero for the winning INT the play before the fumble, and, there is probably no final Steelers drive for him to even get that headshot in.

  32. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 11, 2016 7:56 PM

    So, 1 game after appeal.

    Got it.

  33. kenmasters34 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:56 PM

    If it were Suh, he would have just gotten a fine.

  34. sdiegosteel says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 PM

    Does that also cover him spitting in David DeCastro’s face?

  35. 13arod says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 PM

    3 days to appel that’s perfect no way his lawyer and him are smart enough to file for an appel in that amount of time !!!

  36. Deb says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 PM

    So you can get four games for smoking a little pot, but only three games for deliberately trying to injure other players by diving at their knees, driving your knee into their damaged shoulders, or slamming them in the head. Glad Goodell has his priorities straight.

  37. laxer37 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:58 PM

    Remember when Mel Kiper said the guy was “undraftable” due to his off the field issues and inability to control himself?

    Guess he nailed it. Unfortunately character has never been a concern of the bengals. It’s been over 10 years of signing these scumbags.

  38. huggybear2014 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    His actions warrant more. He was a loose canon, looking to hurt and decapitate people. Just flat dirty. The NFL has to make an example, if not chaos will reign.

    Accountability must be had. This isn’t Mizzou and safe spaces. This is a multi billion dollar industry, with main demographics being fathers and sons. If people want this stuff, UFC is the better place to get your fix.

  39. lanflfan says: Jan 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    Too light. If you truly want to put the spotlight on player safety, this should be 8 games. Unless you force players to play smarter, they will continue to play dumb and down to the rules.

  40. autumnwind999 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    Ridiculous. Bang-bang play where he had no time to react. Like everything else in Goodell ‘ s NFL — this is a lame PR move.

  41. lyfordjr says: Jan 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    “Roger is taking care of his bosses (Rooney and Kraft).”

    Given that he’s stripped the Patriots of a first round draft pick twice, once for a minor camera violation and once because no one in the NFL’s chain of command has even a smattering of basic science knowledge, the amount of idiocy in that statement is staggering…

  42. dsigrey says: Jan 11, 2016 8:00 PM

    What does heget for purposely kneeing Ben in shoulder after he had him on the ground? What do the refs get for losing control of the game. For missing any of the 4 penalties after 5 players ran out of the stadium? For allowing Joey Porter on the field. For missing the Bengal player punching the Steeler player 3 times while laying on top of him? What does the NFL get for asigning the same crew that lost control the last time these teams met?

  43. 1969mojo says: Jan 11, 2016 8:00 PM

    Boohoo Bengals players are hitting our players too hard.

  44. nightryder10 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:00 PM

    If he knocked his wife out in an elevator, it would have only been two games.

  45. hlna55 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:02 PM

    The sour grapes and whining here rivals nothing before… And that includes patriots fans. It’s just been reported that Antonio brown doesn’t look good to play next week. I wonder if the Bungals still think he’s faking. You know… Just to prove a point rather than win a playoff game. Turns out after one day, the Bungals fan base still can’t gather some class and move on.

  46. williamannand says: Jan 11, 2016 8:02 PM

    The League may be looking into other misconduct before and during the game Saturday, but getting Burfect’s name out there alone is reactionary. The League senses that the public outcry over what happened Saturday will center on Burfect, so their reaction is to quickly accommodate the outcry by making Burfect their Public Enemy #1.

    Burfect has a history of cheap shots. There’s no disputing that. But the League office’s handling of all that happened before and during the game (including the work of the officials) will be the usual farce.

  47. bucsorbust says: Jan 11, 2016 8:02 PM

    The Bengals should bring in Greg Schiano…he cleaned all this nonsense up for the Bucs.

    Of course, the problem then shifted to bullrushing a victory formation. Go figure.

  48. princeopus says: Jan 11, 2016 8:02 PM

    gotta feeling players on all teams are about to adopt the NHL attitude with this wannabe tough guy

  49. celticsforever says: Jan 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Tomlin interferes with game play. Just a fine. Porter gets involved ON the field. Just a fine. Sean Payton gets suspended a year for something he didn’t even know about. NFL = a joke.

  50. laxer37 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Fitting that the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since they wrecked Bo Jackson’s hip, robbing us of what could have been the greatest career of all time.

    The curse of Bo Jackson is real.

  51. daytontriangles says: Jan 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    These two teams should play each other every year with the same group of officials.

    Before long, I bet the match-up will reach “The Last Boy Scout” levels.

  52. vottorific says: Jan 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    I certainly hope the Bengals get the Sqeelers in game four. Gonna knock Ben out again. Or Brown. Cant wait!

  53. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    Whatever side the NFL is on, I’m on the opposite side.

    I hope he appeals and wins.

  54. jrossizzle says: Jan 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    Richie Incognito lost a year for leaving mean voicemails..
    (He recieved the same but that’s another story)

    Wonder how many games he would have gotten?

    If it’s more than 3, ask yourself why?

  55. mmack66 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    a1b24312 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:55 PM

    What about Marvin? Shouldn’t the Sean Payton rule apply – shouldn’t he know/control what happens on his team? Same for Tomlin re: the Steelers coach involved…
    ————————

    Coughlin too. That old buzzard didn’t even know that Beckham got 3 personal fouls.

  56. chadp2351 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:05 PM

    The steelers have a lifetime history of playing dirty and doing roids but they get praised. Double standard. This league is a joke.

  57. thetooloftools says: Jan 11, 2016 8:05 PM

    1 game. NFL just acting tough now.

  58. stuartscottslefteye says: Jan 11, 2016 8:06 PM

    I’m scratching my head. I must be one of the only few that thinks there was nothing illegal with that hit. He didn’t launch himself, helmet first like Shazier did. He didn’t leave his feet. He didn’t hit a “defenseless receiver.” Was it nice? No. Could he have handled it differently? Yes. But it wasn’t illegal. It was a perfectly legal hit. It reminded me of Ward’s hit on Keith Rivers years back. Legal, but done with malice, and not done in the spirit of the game (ignore that Patriots fans – we all know “in the spirit of the game” is meaningless to you). And until maliciousness is illegal there shouldn’t be a flag thrown.

  59. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:06 PM

    The NFL is a joke! Burfict had three 15 yard penalties all season,The same number as Pittsburgh`s center Cody Wallace but because there is noise in the media they overreact as usual.Not all teams in the NFL are officiated the same way and that`s the crux of the problem.If Burfict had been on top of Decastro at the goal line there would`ve been a flag.It should be the same call no matter the team name or players name on the jersey and if you don`t understand the frustration from playing sports when your not given a equal chance by the people put in place to make sure things are equal then you probably havn`t played sports.This wasn`t a 1 or 2 game thing this has been building and the NFL put the same guy in charge who couldn`t control the game the 1st time for a reason.

  60. fordbw says: Jan 11, 2016 8:07 PM

    Three game suspension for acting like an a-hole and costing his team a playoff win.

  61. punxrawk124 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:07 PM

    The Bengals lost a playoff game because of Burfict.
    Who knows if the Bengals even want him back. I for one would not want him on my team even if he played for free.

    Whatever his suspension turns out to be pales in comparison to the damage he has done to his football career

  62. dickroy says: Jan 11, 2016 8:07 PM

    It won’t matter. He will appeal and the union will get it lowered. Should have suspended him for half the season if they really want to be serious about this kind of play.

  63. bsizemore68 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:09 PM

    His problem besides losing money in September is he now has a big target on his back, and sooner or later someone may take out a knee. Bill

  64. josbur63 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:09 PM

    Marvin sure wouldn’t discipline him,so I am glad the league did.

  65. 1964bclions says: Jan 11, 2016 8:10 PM

    This is the big dance… These guys are sick. The Game Is Played At Warp Speed, and too often rulings about intention are wrong.

    Not in this case though. He appeared to line up his right shoulder for a perfect head shot.

    3 Games I can agree with that.

  66. whatdoesjimmiefoxxsay says: Jan 11, 2016 8:11 PM

    This is way too light a sentence for this kind of activity. Mindless and irrational actions by someone who is fortunate his hit didn’t cause more harm or hurt. Does someone need to be paralyzed before the NFL renders a more just sanction? Burfict is the conductor of the Crazy Train.

  67. larams29 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    That’s just a slap on the wrist. Not that I’m a Steelers fan. But that hit on Brown was way out of line. It was targeting and he should’ve been ejected immediately. He’s lucky he didn’t cost Brown his career. If he can stay healthy, Brown could be a future Hall of Fame WR. He’s fun to watch.

  68. chadman128 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    He plays for the Bengals that should be punishment enough.

  69. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    I was laughing earlier today when I saw the statement from Lewis about having to control themselves.

    My first thought was “Marvin, you can’t even control your own bowels. You and your team always crap yourselves in big games.”

  70. EJ says: Jan 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    Had that hit been 2-3 more inches toward Brown’s neck we’d be talking about involuntary manslaughter… that hit was on purpose with intent to cause harm.

  71. p21646 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:13 PM

    Lifetime ban if NFL was serious about injuries! It’s nonsense sin-cy fans are relating the shazier/coaches…etc! Even if it’s true be the better man and walk away. What he did was completely intentional, selfish headhunting that could leave a man handicapped. He is rotten scum with a father who was a gang member, Coke dealer and a massive salary….terrible combo! Fans were urinating on steeler fans, punching women, throwing beer at quarterback and cheering his injury. They should get penalized as severely as Syracuse basketball was….draft picks, fines,suspensions… What a garbage dump of a city, state, team..bengals and fans, you drag society down

  72. nbooat says: Jan 11, 2016 8:13 PM

    Steelers have a legacy of so-called “tough guys” (Steel Curtain clowns, Blount, Woodson, Keith Gary, Greene, Gregg LLoyd, Polamalu, Ward, Clark, Mitchell, Shazier, etc…..) that take cheap shots with intent to injure.
    Then they whine like little babies when a player stands up to them. Burfict played a great game and barely touched Antonio Brown, especially compared to Shazier’s helmet to helmet hit on the smallest player on the field.

  73. motsuret06 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:16 PM

    Burfict should be kicked out of the league. He is a cheap shot artist and a chump to boot. It speaks a lot about the Bengals organization that they would give this neanderthal a chance to play.

  74. jh500 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:17 PM

    and this is why he went from being a 1st round pick to going undrafted.

  75. zigthepatsfan says: Jan 11, 2016 8:17 PM

    Good start but there were other clear and blatant violations of that sternly worded NFL memo that went out in that game.

  76. descendency says: Jan 11, 2016 8:18 PM

    I don’t understand how the league got 3 games when it usually hands out 1 game at most for this. Most of the time it’s just a fine.

    The league just seems to make it up by the seat of their pants.

  77. jim9660 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:18 PM

    They should suspend their fans as well.

  78. oreo51 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:19 PM

    Burfict will probably be in prison within a year of leaving the NFL.

  79. lp0320 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:22 PM

    It amazes me that there are morons out there who are defending Burfict. Brown did not have the ball, Jones had already broken up the play. Burfict took 4 steps into Brown, who was a defenseless receiver who never saw him coming. Burfict was playing out of control the entire game.

    I agree that Shazier’s hit looked illegal, but according to the announcers, as well as Mike Carey the officiating commentator, it was legal according to the new rules.

    If the league wants this to be safe for all players, then all helmet to helmet hits should be illegal, whether you are a defenseless receiver, a running back or a tackle. This way there is no misunderstandings, no judgment calls, nothing. If head injuries are of major concern in the league, it should be of major concern for all players.

  80. quinzze says: Jan 11, 2016 8:22 PM

    So 4 games for possibly knowing about a wisp of air taking out of a ball, and 3 games for repeatedly trying to injure people… Got it.

  81. dexx57 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:23 PM

    What about Munchak and Porter? not to mention Shazier?

  82. chinahand11 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:23 PM

    “If those were Patriot coaches maybe. Could you imagine? But there Steeler coaches (even as repeat defenders) will get a slap on the wrist.”

    No I cannot imagine. Straw man argument.

  83. maverick2560 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:24 PM

    Shaziers’ s hit was not intentional. It was a bang-bang play where he came in low. He will be fined but he is not like Burfict. The hit on Williams tells it all and he does not deserve the benefit of the doubt.
    As to the 2nd flag in the game against Pac-man ….dumb play but why wasn’t Porter flagged? …he should have been. Munchak’s penalty was shaky …it looked more like a reaction and not intentional.
    It’s a shame it came down to the referee’s decision …..it decided the game. I hate seeing refs decide games.

  84. Ferdinand says: Jan 11, 2016 8:24 PM

    Comparing Burfict to Beckham is not a fair comparison. Beckham was a first time offender while Burfict is a serial offender.

    They both should have been ejected, though.

  85. dexx57 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:24 PM

    Nfl really wants to protect fatso Ben

  86. whocares69 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:24 PM

    As long as the suspensions don’t affect the current NFL Playoffs , You know because that would hurt the ratings..

    The NFL is a sham and it’s almost not even worth watching anymore.

  87. drswaggletooth says: Jan 11, 2016 8:25 PM

    Three games for a 100% legal hit, that makes a lot of sense.

  88. bleck5 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    Steeler fans sure are funny. Not excusing the lack of class that the Bengals and their fans showed Saturday night, but the Steelers are notoriously known as the dirtiest team in the NFL and have gotten away with far worse. Looks more like karma to me.

  89. buckeyeguy5 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:29 PM

    Burfict suspended three games and the Steelers STILL won’t beat the Broncos this weekend!!!

  90. ctimesthr33 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:29 PM

    so one game less than if he was generally aware of deflating some footballs. Got it

  91. pats777 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:30 PM

    3 games for MULTIPLE flagrant violations that can’t be counted on one hand? Well, at least it’s more than Ray Ray’s initial knockout suspension but it’s still less than what was given to guy with a spotless record for refusing to hand over his personal cell phone to a bunch of goons. #INTEGRITY.

  92. scchamil says: Jan 11, 2016 8:31 PM

    What a complete joke the NFL is, but if this thread represents the fans – then you deserve the contrived watered-down product you get. What a bunch of lemmings you all are.

    Smug hypocrites. Never forget this is the same game where NFL officials ruled that Pittsburgh should be awarded the ball because a Cincinnati player failed to maintain possession through his own unconsciousness…

    Tell me again how Burfict was “out of control” in a game like that.

    He had one penalty… that’s it. No other conduct issues at all. A penalty, like 8 tackles, a sack, forced fumble and an interception. He was a big reason you people didn’t spend your Sat night watching a back-up QB making his fourth start lose 18-0.

  93. jumpgo692003 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:31 PM

    i think the suspension is warranted. What I have a problem with is the inconsistency in delivering punishment.

    ODB = 1 game for a hit that IMO was far more egregious

    Tomlin = fine for intentionally interfering with a game to attempt to change the outcome (tripping a player running by on purpose)

    Porter= fine for clearly violating NFL protocol and instigating further recourse

    ODB should have gotten like 4 games for what he did

    Tomlin should have been under review by the league and suspended for a substantial amount of time for attempting to interfere (cheat) within a game (and one that mattered greatly)

    Porter should have gotten at least a game suspension for being on the field not even in the location of the player he claims he was checking on.

    Lets get some consistency.

    A guy got a YEAR suspension for having a drink on a flight home from a game. A YEAR. Yes he had other offenses (1 of which the NFL carried over from college), but if we are going to give out punishment…..let the punishment fit the crime.

    I honestly do think Pitt gets special treatment. They get ‘bad boy’ slaps on the wrist after the fact even though their actions influenced the outcome of the game.

    A game check…really? One that will easily be ponied by the owner and then obviously will continue to violate NFL rules until a real punishment happens

    That said…Burfict is dirty and deserves that suspension.

  94. nobleeding says: Jan 11, 2016 8:32 PM

    Look at the Bungles garbage polluting the comments with misdirection and lies. You have only your team to blame for self-destructing.

  95. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:33 PM

    You guys are flat out crazy soft! Acting like that hit was vicious and borderline criminal is unbelievable to any football fan over 40. It is easy to sit at home and say that in one full stride he should be able to avoid contact or that he should`ve went limp instead tightening his shoulder bracing for contact like all of you would naturally do.I`m a 5o year old white guy but the amount of racial judgement of players who look or act different on here is troubling.If a white player acts like that he`s intense with a non stop motor.And if it`s a player on your team then you say the same thing Bengal fans are now so stop acting fake insulted at the mayhem of a football player running into another football player.I`ve seen much harder hits this season without the outrage.

  96. nbooat says: Jan 11, 2016 8:33 PM

    Steelers coaches/players/fans are so hypocritical…there are so many examples of cheap shots I can’t even list them, like when a PIT LB broke a defenseless Cin punter’s jaw who was nowhere near the play and received no penalty!!!
    I wish Vontaze would have taken out a ref or a Steelers’ coach or two…Maybe next time!!

  97. voyager6 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:34 PM

    Cincy draft needs : Big running back who doesn’t fumble, Linebacker, and CB to replace Hill, Burfict, and Jones.

  98. lp0320 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:34 PM

    @buckeyeguy5

    Even if we don’t beat Denver (a team that we already beat this season) it’s really okay.

    Your low life, low class, trailer trash excuse of a team, and city still hasn’t won’t a playoff game in how many years?

  99. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:35 PM

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the people that keep commenting that the NFL is rigged, and they determine who wins, don’t just quit watching…please, don’t waste one more minute of your life commenting on something that, in your mind, is fixed…

    Quit being so bitter and move on to something that is legit, and totally above board, like the WWE.

  100. theageofquarrel says: Jan 11, 2016 8:36 PM

    He is garbage just like the team he plays for.

  101. PCa Survivor says: Jan 11, 2016 8:37 PM

    jim9660 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:18 PM

    They should suspend their fans as well.
    __________________________________

    Well, you can’t do that (see, the NFL is about the money) but you could move a home game to London and schedule the rest at 1:00 p.m. These neanderthals clearly cannot handle a day of drinking before a night game and should forfeit that opportunity.

  102. kevpft says: Jan 11, 2016 8:39 PM

    Too light. That’s a whole lot of attempting to injure other players, risking their careers, in just a couple weeks. I could see 3 games for someone for whom this was new, but with his history, this should have been something stronger, to really shut it down.

  103. labrat0116 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:42 PM

    Yet to hear from any Bengals fans for Burfict to be kicked off the team.

    That say a lot !

  104. whackman says: Jan 11, 2016 8:43 PM

    NOT ENOUGH.

  105. 33vikes says: Jan 11, 2016 8:44 PM

    He’ll appeal and it will go down to 1.

  106. kennethmw says: Jan 11, 2016 8:46 PM

    Looks like Roger will lose another one.

  107. jecableguy says: Jan 11, 2016 8:46 PM

    He still has three more games to catch up with Roethlisberger’s suspension count, though. He’s young… I’m sure he can do it.

  108. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 11, 2016 8:50 PM

    People comparing suspensions incident by incident are missing the point.

    Yes, ODB’s hit was probably worse. But he got one game where Burfict gets three because Burfict’s suspension is more a lifetime achievement award, not a single incident like Beckham’s.

    And it’s a three game suspension because they know it will get knocked down to two and they are trying to make sure his suspension is longer than most because he has a much longer and dirtier record than most.

  109. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 11, 2016 8:52 PM

    nbooat says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:33 PM

    I wish Vontaze would have taken out a ref or a Steelers’ coach or two…Maybe next time!!
    =====

    And now you know all you need to know about Bengals fans.

  110. johnodocks says: Jan 11, 2016 8:55 PM

    Ohhhhh he’s gonna be MAAAAAAAAAD when he comes back.

  111. 13arod says: Jan 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    Well we know how are the stupid bengals they are the ones who say shaizer’s hit was “not legal” you are allowed to lean with your head when the ball career is a runner..

  112. labrat0116 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:57 PM

    Anyone the supports Burfict and Pacman’s obscene behavior should be banned from LIFE !

  113. jchipwood says: Jan 11, 2016 8:58 PM

    And Brady and Belichick who have cheated multiple times have been suspended 0 times. Good thing for them their owner controls Goodells salary.

  114. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 11, 2016 8:58 PM

    Dear Bengals fans,

    Your tears are delicious.
    Thank you.

    Signed,
    Everybody else.

  115. labrat0116 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:59 PM

    The Bengals have become the Modern era’s version of the 1970’s Oakland Raiders.

  116. draculalambert says: Jan 11, 2016 9:00 PM

    You could make an argument for a one year suspension …

  117. wallabear says: Jan 11, 2016 9:04 PM

    High-time the NFL begins fines on the Head Coach and Organization for not controlling their zomboid players like Burpy.

  118. jason9696 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:08 PM

    laxer37 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Fitting that the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since they wrecked Bo Jackson’s hip, robbing us of what could have been the greatest career of all time.

    The curse of Bo Jackson is real.

    ———————————–

    Give me a break that was just an unfortunate incident.

  119. goodlookingmonkey says: Jan 11, 2016 9:09 PM

    DON’T vonTAZE ME BRO!! LOL

  120. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 11, 2016 9:14 PM

    The Bengals will have a better chance to win without him.

  121. exoneratedbyscience says: Jan 11, 2016 9:17 PM

    good thing he didn’t let air out of any footballs.

  122. ds2222 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:17 PM

    Just imagine how bad AB would have been hurt had Burfict went high. Ironic in all this is that the picture on this very site shows Burfict hitting right where the target area actually is, unfortunately Lewis Harris pushed Brown forward at the pass break up and Browns head ended up about a foot lower to the ground than it otherwise would have been. I dont disagree with the flag either, but its silly to actually think Burfict could have avoided contact in a split second while running full speed.

  123. shlort says: Jan 11, 2016 9:20 PM

    Why are there people defending Burfict? Burfict couldn’t spell dog if you spotted him the “d” and the “o”.

    I enjoy watching football and seeing guys put out maximum effort while displaying a will to win. Burfict is a cheap shot player and it is so obvious, that if you cannot see it, you are about as smart as Burfict.

    Jones isn’t much brighter. I see those two sharing a prison cell when the NFL is done with them and stops babysitting them. They will both be broke inside a couple years of retirement.

    How many of you defending Burfict are whining all the time about the Patriots cheating? Probably all of you.

  124. partmachine says: Jan 11, 2016 9:22 PM

    Of course it’s a worse suspension than Ray Rice’s original 2-gamer.

    IT HAPPENED ON THE FIELD, and wasn’t a first time offense.

  125. rankster1950 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:24 PM

    The cheap shots by the bungles was a given. Throwing trash and cheering an injured player surprised me. Steeler fans, patriot fans and raven fans would never sink that low. I guess when you don’t know how to act when you hit the big games says it all. Bungles window of opportunity just slammed shut. Will take years to get over this. I’ll just sit back and laugh.

  126. udontknowjaq says: Jan 11, 2016 9:28 PM

    That hit on AB would of drawn a PF flag head shot or not. I’ve watched football for 30 years & that’s as flagrant shot either way…

  127. plum54 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:29 PM

    Chippy you need to get a life. Filming from the wrong spot is one time for Bill. 5th grade science proves there was no tampering, the NFL has already admitted there is no evidence against Tom in federal court.
    Jeez

  128. shaggytoodle says: Jan 11, 2016 9:43 PM

    Shazier should get a game for his classless dancing near midfield and on the sidelines with with a player KOd even if he some how is able to find the only time permitable to lead with the crown of the helmet you still don’t dance around after something like that.

  129. orb1943 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:44 PM

    Given the clear intent of the dirty “hit” he should have been suspended for fifteen games.

  130. jer117 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:45 PM

    Remember Jack Tatum and the legal hit which paralyzed a player for life. Burfict should be tossed from the NFL, Marvin Lewis fired and Pacman traded. I am embarrassed today to be a Bengals fan.

  131. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:46 PM

    Referees always assist the Stealers in postseason (see Superbowl 40) however this week even the refs won’t be able to help as they get smoked bigtime in Denver.🙂

  132. a1b24312 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:49 PM

    Both HCs ought to be punished under the precedent set from punishing Mr Payton on the NO club. They should know what is happening on their team,

  133. headin4seven says: Jan 11, 2016 9:59 PM

    That’s a good start!

  134. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 10:01 PM

    LOL! This is totally amusing! The Bengals are so out of control, they are everybody’s favorite train wreck. More please!

  135. jrossizzle says: Jan 11, 2016 10:04 PM

    labrat0116 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:59 PM
    The Bengals have become the Modern era’s version of the 1970’s Oakland Raiders.

    ———————-

    The Raiders were Champs (this bunch will never)

    They can’t even win a first round game

  136. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 11, 2016 10:07 PM

    You idiots always buy the media hype. Has anyone actually seen ANY evidence that Joey Porter did ANYTHING? Answer is NO. All the video shows is him walking off the field behind AB and the trainers when Burfict and a bunch of Bengals came over to them and started something. That’s the bottom line. The Bengal players walked over to AB and the trainers (and also Porter) AS THEY WERE LEAVING THE FIELD.

  137. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 11, 2016 10:09 PM

    Kaz says: He’ll appeal and not get the full 3. Now keep an eye on Steelers coaches.
    ===
    Porter gets a $10K fine, then from Rooney a stern talking to along with a contract extension.

    Irony is Burfict is just the 2016 incarnation of Porter.

  138. ymca2014 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:11 PM

    Bengals should be forced to play all home games next season in Toronto.

  139. tonebones says: Jan 11, 2016 10:12 PM

    Just get this idiot out of the league. Let him go to Canada and play. This guy had a bad rap coming out of college, just like Aaron Hernandez did. Some guys just can’t keep the lid on it. The Bengals can whine and complain all they want, but they’re season is done. This was a character loss. It shocks me to think that Paul Brown’s kids are running this team. I want a DNA test on Mike Brown.

  140. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 11, 2016 10:13 PM

    zackd2 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:48 PM
    “Cheap shot” if you play for the Bengals.
    “Good hard football players” if you play for one of the NFL’s chosen franchises.
    ———————————————

    Yeah, it’s all a conspiracy, the ankle twisting of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen never happened. The shot to that rookie tight end’s head never happened. The head shot to Antonio Brown never happened. The stomp on Foster’s foot when he was down never happened. The knee to Roethlisberger’s shoulder when he was down on the ground never happened. Burfict never did any of that, it’s all the invention of the Rooneys and Krafts. Uh huh.

    I don’t want hear it Bengals fans. I don’t want to hear about any other player on the field that night. Burfict is in a dirty class by himself. No other player came close to his garbage Saturday night. He’s getting singled out because he singles himself out.

  141. bengals4lifer says: Jan 11, 2016 10:14 PM

    He’s got nothing on my Kevin Huber broken jaw!

    -Terence Garvin

  142. granadafan says: Jan 11, 2016 10:15 PM

    Well deserved. Those of us Pac-12 fans know what an out of control animal Burfict is. He was so easy to draw a penalty from. Need 10 yards? Just look at Burfict wrong and he would commit a personal foul, not that he needs much of an incentive to go after someone.

  143. randomguy9999 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:16 PM

    I sure hope that this doesn’t turn into another thing where the players haul out lawyers and get down to 1 or 0 games

  144. radrntn says: Jan 11, 2016 10:20 PM

    can they suspend coaches?

  145. mborz says: Jan 11, 2016 10:20 PM

    Wow. A lot of known Bengals fans here doing nothing but complaining and pointing the finger elsewhere. Isn’t there a single fan here who supports this and willing to say so?

    Reminds me of the type of fans who would cheer an injured player and throw stuff at them.

  146. tommykramer9 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:29 PM

    Aaron Hernandez says- “Vontaze is a fine example of my brotherhood, way to go bro!”

  147. bayousooner90 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:33 PM

    Burfict deserves to be fined, but lets see what the NFL does about Munchak and Porter, they both should be fined for the way they acted, also take a look at the Shazier hit. If nothing happens to them then NFL loses credibility. Still have not heard a reasonable explanation as to why Porter was still on the field and in the Bengals huddle? Shouldn’t Blandino have whispered in somebody’s ear that he was out of place.

  148. bossytrottiergillies says: Jan 11, 2016 10:36 PM

    I mean yeah, three games. It’s not like he just beat up his wife or anything.

  149. labrat0116 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:38 PM

    mborz says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:20 PM
    Wow. A lot of known Bengals fans here doing nothing but complaining and pointing the finger elsewhere. Isn’t there a single fan here who supports this and willing to say so?

    Reminds me of the type of fans who would cheer an injured player and throw stuff at them.

    ________________________________

    Pretty pathetic isn’t it ? But that is they way they really are here in SW Oh-Tuckey !

    What else would you expect from Donald Trump supporters!

    ,

  150. easyeddie says: Jan 11, 2016 10:39 PM

    Borderline ditry hit on Brown.

  151. bayousooner90 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:40 PM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:07 PM
    You idiots always buy the media hype. Has anyone actually seen ANY evidence that Joey Porter did ANYTHING? Answer is NO. All the video shows is him walking off the field behind AB and the trainers when Burfict and a bunch of Bengals came over to them and started something. That’s the bottom line. The Bengal players walked over to AB and the trainers (and also Porter) AS THEY WERE LEAVING THE FIELD
    _________________________________
    Watch the video a Steelers lineman grabbed Porter and moved him away. He NEVER Should have been out there Antonio Brown is a WR not LB, if any coach other than Tomlin should be on the field it is HIS Position coach. He also put himself in a group of Bengal Players as everyone else was walking the other way. If his only concern was Brown’s well being then he should have been helping his player off the field not standing in the middle of the Bengals defense.

  152. dogtrack2000 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:43 PM

    He doesn’t belong in the league…maybe the WWE perhaps?

  153. labrat0116 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:45 PM

    What I find really particular disturbing is that I’ve only seen ONE Bengal fan on here with enough integrity to agree with the rest of us (Civilized human beings) !

    All the rest of the Bengal fans actually see NOTHING WRONG with what Burfict does and want him to continue being on their team!

    Now if THAT isn’t disturbing I don’t know what is !!!!

  154. funknstein says: Jan 11, 2016 10:46 PM

    Ok folks, you got your pound of flesh! The holier-than-thou types, closet racists, and grandmothers can sleep well tonight! The integrity of this special, honorable game has been protected! Now go back to kicking your dogs and complaining about Obama…it’s football ladies & gentlemen, and last I checked nobody died, got shot, etc…last Saturday night.

  155. tb12bestqbevah says: Jan 11, 2016 10:48 PM

    I have a better idea: How about the NFL allows crack-back blocks on Burfict for the first 3 games of the season with no flags thrown.

    Cheap shot artists rarely get a taste of their own medicine.

  156. tdotjeh says: Jan 11, 2016 10:50 PM

    Lest we forget who the real cheap shot artists are. They never got a penalty for this either. For more, Google Hines Ward cheap shots.

  157. themikegun says: Jan 11, 2016 10:55 PM

    Good thing it didn’t involve being suspect of knowing that footballs may have been deflated a bit, would have been another game added to it.

  158. Gridiron Ghost says: Jan 11, 2016 10:57 PM

    A serial head hunter gets three games for intent to seriously injure, while Goodell wanted to give Brady four games for a “more likely than not” equipment violation. Where’s the league’s priorities?

  159. internetcommenter7 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:59 PM

    Complete miscarriage of justice by the league office? Shocking!

  160. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 11:07 PM

    Man, you know it’s bad when Bengals icon, Boomer E., rips his old team a new one on national tv.

  161. scotrugby says: Jan 11, 2016 11:08 PM

    You gotta love the clueless Bengals and Steeler fans that are defending their dirty teams.

    Jones and Burfict deserved what they got.

    And any Steeler fan that thinks Porter was only on the field to check on Brown and not to provoke penalties from the Bengals, I have some oceanfront property in Utah to sell you at a reasonable price.

  162. igglesfan9 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:12 PM

    The overlooked part of this is the new $50,000 fine for the hit on Maxx Williams. Why wasn’t that issued last week? Was the league too busy or too lazy to protect player safety last week?

  163. lp0320 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:16 PM

    @shaggytoodle:

    I am a Steelers’ fan, and I wholeheartedly agree with your comment regarding Shaziers’ celebration after the Bernard hit – whether or not the hit was legal or illegal, to celebrate while the player was down was completely classless.

    As a Steelers’ fan I thought Burfict’s celebration after his late hit on Bell was disgusting. I feel the same way about Shazier’s.

  164. troy43mvp says: Jan 11, 2016 11:16 PM

    Does that mean this week he will be suspended too? Oh pardon me he and schwack man Jones are one and done again..I freaking love it.

  165. pftinsider says: Jan 11, 2016 11:17 PM

    Deserved

  166. kazkal says: Jan 11, 2016 11:28 PM

    It’s funny to see steeler fans cry about cheap shots,when it’s them it’s hard nose football when it’s another team they are scumbags taking cheap shots

  167. ymca2014 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:29 PM

    Burfict should spend all of 2016 in a jail cell with Greg Hardy. With Richie Incognito as the warden. 🚔

  168. bobhpine says: Jan 11, 2016 11:47 PM

    A vicious and violent head shot, a knee to Roethlisberger’s shoulder, spit in Decastro’s face, the dude ran 75 yards and into the tunnel…I’m sure there is more I’m forgetting.

    The sheer volume of stupidity is astounding. Based on how he acted in college, this is a really disturbed individual and he will continue to hurt whichever team he is on.

    Only the stupidity of the Bengals could rival Burfict’s. I sure they’ll keep him.

  169. mborz says: Jan 11, 2016 11:58 PM

    igglesfan9 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:12 PM

    The overlooked part of this is the new $50,000 fine for the hit on Maxx Williams. Why wasn’t that issued last week? Was the league too busy or too lazy to protect player safety last week?

    ————————

    Plain and simple: The NFL wanted Burfict in this game. They wanted this game to play out exactly like the previous meeting, and they got what they wanted, and then some. From a sportsmanship perspective, it was a mess, but from an attention perspective, it was huge. Whatever it takes to keep the eyeballs glued to the TV and keep the revenue rolling in.

  170. longtermbuffalonian says: Jan 12, 2016 12:22 AM

    OK – once and for all…

    Antonio Brown was the very DEFINITION of a defenseless receiver.

    NFL Rulebook:
    “It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.
    (a) Players in a defenseless posture are: [. . .]
    (2) A receiver attempting to catch a pass; or who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner. If the receiver/runner is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player;
    [. . .]
    (b) Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is:
    (1) Forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him[…].”

    Antonio Brown was in the air attempting to catch the overthrown pass. Heck – his second foot hit the ground just about the time Burfict hit him. Burfict lowered his shoulder and squared the pad into the hit in the two steps after the ball bounces OUT of Brown’s hands, and pulls up into a light jog two steps AFTER the hit, indicating he had sufficient time to respond in a manner other than lowering his shoulder.

    I honestly don’t have a dog in this fight – I’m a Bills fan and I don’t care about either team. That being said – it was flagrant foul, and I do believe it was dirty hit.

  171. captainwhodat says: Jan 12, 2016 12:23 AM

    double standard…couple of weeks ago, I commented that if a defensive player had done what Beckham did, it would be a four game suspension…I was wrong, it’s a three game suspension…

  172. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 12, 2016 12:27 AM

    I understand he was given a choice between retrying the Wonderlic or taking the suspension, and he wisely chose the latter

  173. stoptrippn says: Jan 12, 2016 12:55 AM

    Should be out of the league

  174. RE LEE says: Jan 12, 2016 12:55 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:58 PM
    And Brady and Belichick who have cheated multiple times have been suspended 0 times. Good thing for them their owner controls Goodells salary.
    ————————————–
    Are you freaking daft?! Brady was suspended 4 games for infraction that the NFL admitted they have proof while they suspend this animal 3 games for repeated attempts to maim fellow players. Kraft control Goodell? That is the height of stupidity. Yes Chip you are stupid. Can’t sugar coat that.
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  175. laffers says: Jan 12, 2016 2:51 AM

    This guy is an animal who should be suspended INDEFINITELY by the league. Let him go work at McDonalds for a year or two.

  176. briangraydon says: Jan 12, 2016 2:57 AM

    Parrot fans stop whining. You know you got a pass with Spygate and Deflategate was a make up call. And if you think there was nothing to Spygate then why did Roger destroy the evidence.

  177. drswaggletooth says: Jan 12, 2016 3:02 AM

    You guys are flat out crazy soft! Acting like that hit was vicious and borderline criminal is unbelievable to any football fan over 40. It is easy to sit at home and say that in one full stride he should be able to avoid contact or that he should`ve went limp instead tightening his shoulder bracing for contact like all of you would naturally do.I`m a 5o year old white guy but the amount of racial judgement of players who look or act different on here is troubling.If a white player acts like that he`s intense with a non stop motor.And if it`s a player on your team then you say the same thing Bengal fans are now so stop acting fake insulted at the mayhem of a football player running into another football player.I`ve seen much harder hits this season without the outrage.
    ————————————

    So far the best post I have read, the hit did not violate as single NFL rule….that is the problem with the NFL….look at the helmet to helmet contact….and the sickening red flag to get the ball from an illegal hit, which was much worse….just disgusted with the NFL.

  178. drswaggletooth says: Jan 12, 2016 3:07 AM

    What I find really particular disturbing is that I’ve only seen ONE Bengal fan on here with enough integrity to agree with the rest of us (Civilized human beings) !

    All the rest of the Bengal fans actually see NOTHING WRONG with what Burfict does and want him to continue being on their team!

    Now if THAT isn’t disturbing I don’t know what is !!!!
    —————————————————–
    Not a Bengals fan…but really…that is not even a foul….what the NFL and REFS did is a disgrace to the game…look at the replays, over and over again…not a foul…a complete clean hit whether you like the outcome or not.

  179. bubbahotepp says: Jan 12, 2016 3:14 AM

    Whew! As long as he’s not suspended when the Bungles choke in the playoffs next year.

  180. drswaggletooth says: Jan 12, 2016 3:17 AM

    I don’t want hear it Bengals fans. I don’t want to hear about any other player on the field that night. Burfict is in a dirty class by himself. No other player came close to his garbage Saturday night. He’s getting singled out because he singles himself out._________________________________

    What you fail to recognize, as well as the NFL, is whether or not he is dirty….no foul occurred on the play…it was a pure clean hit, whether you like it or not. Not a single rule violation occurred on the hit…that is why the 3-game suspension will be over-turned.

  181. raideralex99 says: Jan 12, 2016 4:01 AM

    I bet if Burfict played for the Steelers … he will be called another great Steeler hard hitting LB.

  182. laffers says: Jan 12, 2016 4:27 AM

    Players like Burfict and Jones need to be banished from the league ENTIRELY. These guys have been acting like this from their Pop Warner days through high school and college and into the Pros with little or no discipline. By the time they get to the NFL their anti social behavior is so ingrained into their personalities that change maybe impossible and any change certainly won’t come by simply fining them or suspending them just a few games. I believe a 6 game suspension for 1st offenders is appropriate with a second offense resulting in a 3 year suspension. In addition, since they wouldn’t be this way without the teams tacit understanding, a penalty to the team may also be warranted. I have to believe that some punishment to the teams that employ these animals may cause a team to think twice before putting these ticking “time bombs” on the field after all who benefits the most when a star player from the other team is seriously injured due to dirty play and can’t continue? Why not take away a draft pick in the next draft of equal value of the injured player?
    Unless the league, as a whole, acts to do away with this type of play it will continue

  183. yette1 says: Jan 12, 2016 6:31 AM

    Burfict receives a 3 game suspension immediately for a vicious shot to the head of a defenseless player. Repeat offender.

    Tom Brady may have supposedly know something about air pressure in footballs, no proof at all, $5M investigation and 4 game suspension.

    Can anybody argue the NFL is not being led by idiots? Attack your poster boy publicly for months and wrist slap a bad actor.

  184. Don Humphrey says: Jan 12, 2016 6:47 AM

    3 games for an intent to harm, and 4 games for a bunch of hot air? The NFL Office comes off as biased, seeking to fit “punishment” to its misguided sense of right and wrong. Burfict deserved worse, Brady deserved an impartial and fair investigation.

  185. sudz28 says: Jan 12, 2016 7:04 AM

    He got off light. As a constant, repeat offender he should have lost half a season at a minimum.

  186. ravforlife says: Jan 12, 2016 8:59 AM

    Can’t discipline stupid!!

    How about the officals ?

  187. shomershabbos says: Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM

    3 games for this guy and the proposed suspension for the Brady Witch Hunt was 4?

    Do these guys just make it up as they go?

  188. irishmanknowsall says: Jan 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    NFL proving itself to be less organized and aware, than NASCAR.
    Guy gets suspended for three games for activity that didn’t even warrant getting ejected. How does this work, exactly?
    He’ll just be healthier for the season. No lesson learned, most likely. If he doesn’t see the hits as wrong, no punishment will be effective.

  189. mogogo1 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    Biggest question is how that Maxx Williams hit somehow got overlooked. It was even more blatant and there is video of it. Looks like just swept it under the rug since the playoffs were coming up.

  190. stainlesssteeler says: Jan 12, 2016 4:00 PM

    Wow!, Cincy fans will never change, a city full of classless fools. Blame away, but that was the dirtiest football game I have ever seen. Throwing trash onto injured players being carted off, screaming “I hope he is dead” when AB took a hit, seriously, you are all animals and Burfict fits you perfectly.

    Never won a superbowl and probably never will until the Brown Family wakes up and hires a good coach and puts a team on the field that respects the NFL shield and respects player safety. It was criminal they way the Bengals played, and it should never be permitted again.

    Cincy has been dirty for a long time and they got what they deserved, losing again to Pittsburgh. Nice AFC North Title, all for not. You and the Ravens fans can enjoy the fact you blew it again. See you both next year in the cellar of the AFC North.

  191. mrbeatzz4sho says: Jan 18, 2016 11:08 AM

    3 games, THAT’S ALL!!! He should’ve been SUSPENDED for the whole year. He has CONSTANTLY broken the RULE. If the NFL really means BUSINESS, then show him u mean BUSINESS. DON’T slap him on the wrist, take his A$$ out like he be tryin’ to do other players……..

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