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Burfict’s three-game suspension upheld

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s appeal of a three-game suspension to start the 2016 season has been denied, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported Thursday.

Graziano reported that Burfict, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent and Goodell met, and the appeal was denied after that meeting. The NFL considers Burfict a repeat violator of the league’s safety rules.

Burfict and Lewis had worked to secure the meeting. Burfict had filed the appeal last month after being notified of the suspension.

The appeal was heard by Derrick Brooks, who’s appointed and compensated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Burfict was fined four times during the 2015 regular season, and his hit on Antonio Brown which ended up costing the Bengals their playoff game to the Steeelers brought on the suspension.

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  1. dryzzt23 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:13 PM

    Good.
    He committed the crime so he must serve his time.

  2. thejuddstir says: Feb 11, 2016 2:18 PM

    He’s lucky that’s all he got was 3 games. He’s one of the dirtiest players in the NFL and fines don’t seem to get his attention.

  3. acerockefellar says: Feb 11, 2016 2:20 PM

    #FREEBurfict

    Burfict for president!

  4. ketch20too says: Feb 11, 2016 2:20 PM

    13 games too short.

  5. clemenza58 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:22 PM

    He should’ve gotten more or been thrown out of the league.

  6. vikings1234 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:25 PM

    He lost twice – the playoff game and the appeal.

    Show me a repeat loser and I’ll show you a loser.

  7. bishopbengals says: Feb 11, 2016 2:26 PM

    I have no problem with him getting suspended, but why does the NFL not have this stuff already set up? Why do they always give out random suspensions. Talib gets 1, Burfict gets 3. Why would you not have all of this spelled such as if you get 3 personal fouls in a year, 1 game suspension and any additional fouls are an additional 1 game suspension. Seems to me like they make it up as they go which causes issues just like the Brady situation.

  8. mrpkg says: Feb 11, 2016 2:26 PM

    Athletic linebacker, could be all pro but has no ability to control his ‘roid rage.

  9. ocgunslinger says: Feb 11, 2016 2:27 PM

    Unfortunate Burfict was playing the Steelers and not the Pats. Instead of 3 games he wouldn’t have had even 1 game.

  10. steelerben says: Feb 11, 2016 2:31 PM

    I guess this means we should plan on seeing Cincinnati play Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football week four.

  11. 3wordanswers says: Feb 11, 2016 2:36 PM

    So presumably, next up will be Mike Mitchell, Antwan Blake and Ryan Shazier for their continued head-hunting plays too ?

    ….and then after that maybe some repeat-offender members of the Steelers OL that had far more personal fouls and multiple unflagged fouls than Burfict did all year ?

    ….and then maybe Dan Rooney to talk about members of the Steeler coaching staff for their continued repeat-offending ?

    But then; its The Steelers aint it ?

  12. jimlahey916 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:37 PM

    hopefully he gets arrested in the offseason and gets suspended indefinitely he is a head case

  13. Kaz says: Feb 11, 2016 2:37 PM

    Talib gets one game suspension for poking someone in the eye. Suh had multiple issues and never got 3 games. Burfict gets 3 games for his first suspension? The league has a credibility problem.

    Maybe if Talib poked a Steeler in the eye the league would have suspended him 2 days later like Burfict.

  14. ebdug says: Feb 11, 2016 2:40 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if Burfict decides to take the suspension or decides to have Goodell’s lunch handed to him again in court. The court will always vacate anything to do with Goodell just because he’s so inept, but sometimes the NFLPA wants to throw Roger a bone.

  15. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 11, 2016 2:40 PM

    Well.. the good news is that whenever he does it again, and it’s a foregone conclusion that he will, it will be a 16 game suspension, if not a lifetime ban.
    Dude’s not very bright.

  16. npgman says: Feb 11, 2016 2:40 PM

    I’m a bronco fan, and TALIB should be right there with him. These two should be removed from the league. Elway step up and deal with TALIB….save the money and give it to another player, that’s deserving! As far as Burfict goes, ANY means necessary for Brown to pay him back with a chop block, should be in the game plan right now. He’s a disgrace to the people before him that built this game. See if he paid attention while in college, and send him to the real workforce. PRIVILEGES REVOKED!!

  17. jag1959 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:41 PM

    steelerben says:
    Feb 11, 2016 2:31 PM
    I guess this means we should plan on seeing Cincinnati play Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football week four.
    ___________________

    Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

  18. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 11, 2016 2:42 PM

    steelerben says:
    Feb 11, 2016 2:31 PM

    I guess this means we should plan on seeing Cincinnati play Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football week four.

    —-

    Nope, I’d almost guarantee that the league constructs the schedule so that Vontaze will miss the first game against Pitt. This is all about the Steelers. OBJ was committing his personal fouls after the play, and he gets one game. Laughable. Roger Goodell is a joke.

  19. troy43mvp says: Feb 11, 2016 2:47 PM

    I hear that at halftime of the first home game they are going to present the 1990 team with participation ribbons. The last Bengal team to win a playoff game. Respect…..the ones that are still living. WHO DEY!!

  20. cymbaline6 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:59 PM

    Speaking as a Bengals fan, I’m completely fine with his suspension being upheld, and I hope that this finally gets his attention. Lots of thing cost us that game, but his head on Brown was certainly high on the list.

    That said, a lot of people are overreacting to this hit. I’ve seen plenty like it in football this past year. It happens routinely over the middle. Dirty? Probably, but not as absurdly so as a lot of people are making it out to be. Want to see a really dirty hit? Look up his one on the rookie Ravens TE from the week 17 game. THAT was indisputably dirty, and should have been a suspension.

  21. jm91rs says: Feb 11, 2016 2:59 PM

    Burfict has earned this suspension, from a lot of little things (I’m not talking about the BS people cry about like injuring Bell or tackling Ben too hard). As a Bengals fan I just hope he learns from it. He has a target on his back, little things will be magnified and he’ll have to deal with it. The guy could really benefit from seeing a psychologist to channel some of that rage into becoming a great player.

  22. karlpk says: Feb 11, 2016 3:02 PM

    I get that over the years the Steelers have been just as narsty as this guy but that doesn’t change the fact he should get half a season for what he did minimum! and he should be grateful he partially missed because he’d be facing criminal charges

  23. nhpats says: Feb 11, 2016 3:02 PM

    Goodell: “Come in Vontaze and close the door….”

    Vontaze: “Mmm….”

    Goodell: “Vontaze, you are in a bit of trouble here but I think I can help….”

    Vontaze: “Mmmmmm…”

    Goodell: “Vontaze, can you do some real harm to Tom Brady?”

    Vontaze: “Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….”

  24. jxt2521 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:11 PM

    he deserves it based on his repeat offenses, but why does it seem that a handful of teams like the steelers get away with that stuff?

    I remember seeing the NFL network and ESPN celebrating Brown trying to kick a punter in the face with cleats.

    perception is key here… the bengals are “criminals” even though they have one of the lowest rates of arrest in the past 5 years….. some website should track opposing players hurt so the real dirty teams are exposed

  25. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:19 PM

    Just when it looked like Marv would finally win a playoff game, Burfict saved the Steeler season and kept the Bengal’s playoff futility streak alive.

  26. whodeytn says: Feb 11, 2016 3:20 PM

    Do you morons think Talib should be suspended 3 games too?

    Burfict is no dirtier than a lot of guys in the league, unfortunately the media singled him out and there was a crusade to have him suspended. He hit a guy in the head, I get it. But it happens multiple times a game, every game.

  27. cincy85 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:26 PM

    im fine with the suspension but i still love how the nfl straight ignored mike mitchell’s death threat on twitter. ever think some of that fire came from being threatened? the nfl is rigged and if your a small market team you get screwed.

  28. It Takes 2 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 11, 2016 3:27 PM

    I find the Burfict phenomenon to be intriguing. He was an NFL quality player in college, who went undrafted because he is considered a knuckle head. He decided to prove those people wrong and was behaved for a few years. But then, eventually it became too much to keep his true self under wraps. that is the only way I can explain it. No matter how hard he tried to conceal it, it has now shown itself with his dirty plays on the field

  29. footballguru3434 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:29 PM

    Not a Bengal fan but 3 games is a little harsh. The Steeler were just as bad this game Coach pulled hair another coach out on the field league min in fines.

    League is not consistent at all. How about the Wallace hit on Denver LB? He was head hunting could have ended the guys career

    Be more consistent commish

  30. footballfanatic says: Feb 11, 2016 3:36 PM

    Well, time to take this to a judge who knows nothing about the NFL and their process. I mean the players only signed a CBA that allows Goodell to make a decision and then hear the appeal………..but i mean, if your Tom Brady who cares what all of the players signed, right?

  31. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 11, 2016 3:39 PM

    I obviously carry a Bengal bias – I just want some consistency from the league on these type of things. Consequences for actions is great, just hold EVERYONE to the same standard.

  32. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 11, 2016 3:41 PM

    Three games for one hit is ridiculous – the league won’t say it but it’s 1 game for Ben, 1 for Bell and 1 for Brown. 2 of those 3 hits were legal

  33. mmmpierogi says: Feb 11, 2016 3:49 PM

    footballguru3434 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 3:29 PM
    Not a Bengal fan but 3 games is a little harsh. The Steeler were just as bad this game Coach pulled hair another coach out on the field league min in fines.

    League is not consistent at all. How about the Wallace hit on Denver LB? He was head hunting could have ended the guys career

    Be more consistent commish

    ******************************************************************************

    Nope, it’s actually not harsh at all.

    Go look at Burfict’s history of cheap-ass behavior prior to this game (not just against the Steelers, but various other teams) and you’d realize that Captain Ankle-Twister was lucky to only get 3 games.

  34. rcali says: Feb 11, 2016 3:49 PM

    Gosh, those were some stupid, stupid penalties. And those of you who are going with the “It’s a cultural thing” need to stay away from weapons.

  35. ajigel says: Feb 11, 2016 3:49 PM

    hopefully he gets arrested in the offseason and gets suspended indefinitely he is a head case
    ————
    With all the talk about Burfict, people don’t seem to realize all of his transgressions come on the field. The guy hasn’t had any offseason issues since he’s been in the league (I’ll let someone more familiar the Pac-12 comment on his college days).

    He plays up to the line, and then steps way over it on a few plays. That said, the hit from the playoff game wasn’t even the worst hit between the Bengals and Steelers this season, and his tackle that injured Bell was completely legal. (yes, the Maxx Williams hit was all kind of dirty).

    Each team has a guy that crosses the line (in the Steelers case, multiple players), Burfict seems to do it more than most. And while I want more player safety, it is a little weird that a guy gets more games for knocking out a player on a shoulder to head hit than a player would get for knocking out their girlfriend.

    Roger loves dishing out discipline, but he’s so arbitrary its a joke.

  36. quickdraw85 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:51 PM

    Should’ve got a season. 3 games is weak. Headhunter piece of trash!

  37. nopepper123 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:53 PM

    And R. Shazier sits on his couch and laughs.

  38. kevo95 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:53 PM

    The dude won’t behave during off season ,the final outcome will be he suspended all season ,he can’t keep himself out of trouble

  39. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 11, 2016 3:56 PM

    I’m against the suspension.

    Just because Goodell is always wrong on everything.
    🙂

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2016 4:12 PM

    That’s one game for ewch wink Brown gave him and Pacman after that play. Dirtiest player in the league yet cherished by their fans.

  41. chriskap11 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:14 PM

    Criminal in pads!

    At least he has the orange color right!

    Only matter of time he trades pads for jumpsuit. I think those gold teeth would buy a lot of smokes in prison

  42. lewisisthebestsincepb says: Feb 11, 2016 4:20 PM

    This suspension does not follow any precedent….which in my opinion makes it absolute bull. I watched a replay of the Bears ’85 super bowl …if Goodell were commish then he would have suspended the whole team. Football has definitely evolved…

  43. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 11, 2016 4:28 PM

    Criminal in pads!

    At least he has the orange color right!

    Only matter of time he trades pads for jumpsuit. I think those gold teeth would buy a lot of smokes in prison
    —————————–

    who in the hell are you talking about? I think your confusing Vontaze with some rapper or maybe just all the images of black men that haunt your dreams.

  44. beelicker says: Feb 11, 2016 4:29 PM

    As for all the dimbulbs saying Burfict is ‘an animal’ & plays ‘out of control’ … he wears the radio helmet & makes the defensive alignment & adjustment calls coordinating the Bengal D on the field & was also the unquestioned defensive star of the game vs the stillers in that game

    Brown also INITIATED the contact on that play with the CROWN of his own helmet, not only just bending at the waist (Lewis-Harris the CB covering might have ‘bumped’ him a little at the end of the pass defense) … but viewed from the proper angle it’s CLEAR Brown lowers his head, sticks his neck out & forward to make the contact with the top of his own helmet on the back & upper side of Burfict’s shoulder pad (as VB is passing) … VB just doesn’t alter his path to per se ‘get out of ‘ AB’s way)

    You can find the CBS replay footage easily on youtube, but you need to stay with it to the 3rd (last?) angle to see this clearly & watch multiple times … apparently you can’t post it here …

  45. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 11, 2016 4:29 PM

    Keep in mind the hit on Brown was not his first intent to injure incident. Taken alone one could stretch the imagination and say it wasn’t intent to injure. However, this turd has shown his stupid many more times and not just against the Steelers. He puts his hands on Tammy a Shady and he is toast.

    But thanks again Burfict for keeping the Bungals one and done……sweet very sweet indeed.

  46. nopepper123 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:34 PM

    Reminds me when Chris Henry played for the Bengals. He was targeted a lot harder than most players. His suspensions were more severe because he was Chris Henry. I don’t think punishments need to be higher for lower IQed players.

  47. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 11, 2016 4:34 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Feb 11, 2016 4:12 PM

    That’s one game for ewch wink Brown gave him and Pacman after that play. Dirtiest player in the league yet cherished by their fans.

    ———

    Vontaze Burfict is the Steelers worst nightmare. You all can’t stop talking about him.

  48. brawnyhombre says: Feb 11, 2016 4:36 PM

    All of these comments, and not one person has (ever) suggested how Burfict could’ve defied the laws of physics to avoid hitting – with his shoulder – a ducking receiver in the head. Once the pass was clearly uncatchable, about half a second passed before Burfict (already on his full-speed intercept course) arrived at Brown (again, shoulder first).

    No one can dispute that the guy’s a bonehead. His post-interception run up the tunnel, along with a gaggle of teammates, was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen in a football game. However, everyone on their high horses pretending to suddenly care about the health of a football player needs to be able to offer an alternative for what should’ve happened, and an alternatife that’s possible within the laws of physics.

  49. Spazz says: Feb 11, 2016 5:01 PM

    tylereifertisunstoppable says:
    Feb 11, 2016 4:34 PM

    Vontaze Burfict is the Steelers worst nightmare. You all can’t stop talking about him.
    —————-
    Taze was the MVP of the wildcard game, fo sho.
    PS. Eifert: 11 catches for 131 yards, 0 TD’s in the games against Pittsburgh. Very stoppable.

  50. 1969mojo says: Feb 11, 2016 5:02 PM

    Hopefully, Mike Brown brings in a street free agent named Bontaze Vurfict to play LB the first three games of the season. One of those games will be a Steelers game.

  51. oldschoolomen says: Feb 11, 2016 5:07 PM

    Oddly enough, if Brown caught the pass, Burfict would have hit him right in the chest.

    I’m ok with Burfict’s hit on Brown. I don’t think there was anything he could have done to avoid it, other than allowing a big play. Burfict has earned his suspension, though, with all the after-the-play garbage. The ball-tap, twisting ankles, the after whistle dust ups are completely unnecessary. Marvin Lewis needs to reign that in before it’s too late.

    It’s interesting that there are people who think Burfict should be out of the league. Those people are probably Steelers fans who ironically have James Harrison jerseys in their closets.

  52. stew48 says: Feb 11, 2016 5:07 PM

    Utterly shocked the suspension wasn’t made longer on appeal.

  53. chawk12thman says: Feb 11, 2016 5:12 PM

    This just in…….it is rumored that Antonio Brown just winked at the reporter who asked him to comment on the decision…..

  54. Spazz says: Feb 11, 2016 5:26 PM

    brawnyhombre says:
    Feb 11, 2016 4:36 PM
    All of these comments, and not one person has (ever) suggested how Burfict could’ve defied the laws of physics to avoid hitting – with his shoulder – a ducking receiver in the head. Once the pass was clearly uncatchable, about half a second passed before Burfict (already on his full-speed intercept course) arrived at Brown (again, shoulder first).

    No one can dispute that the guy’s a bonehead. His post-interception run up the tunnel, along with a gaggle of teammates, was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen in a football game. However, everyone on their high horses pretending to suddenly care about the health of a football player needs to be able to offer an alternative for what should’ve happened, and an alternatife that’s possible within the laws of physics.
    ——————–
    Sorry, the precedent has already been established. You guys were just great with the fines and suspensions when it was Harrison, so obviously the “laws of physics” didn’t matter. You don’t get it both ways, take your medicine.

  55. mayday2626 says: Feb 11, 2016 5:46 PM

    The false outrage on this site is just so quaint. Steelers are some of the dirtiest players in the league! Quit acting like they’re a bunch of angels because, newsflash, they aren’t, not even close. The NFL just has its head so far up the Steelers ass they can’t see it.

  56. jtbsteeler says: Feb 11, 2016 6:08 PM

    Actually Burfict is a dream come true. He bungled that game in true bungle fashion. And he’s made the Steelers ratchet up their intensity against the Bungles. To my delight

    15-3 in Paul Brown. We’re daddy.

  57. realityonetwo says: Feb 11, 2016 6:31 PM

    Good decision.

  58. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 11, 2016 6:47 PM

    So I guess the Broncos will send him a case of beer for arranging their undeserved Brown-less win over the Steelers, and subsequent undeserved Super Bowl ring.

    It’s the least they can do.

  59. Unchained81 says: Feb 11, 2016 6:49 PM

    Should have been Cincy going to NE and KC going to Denver if that moron didn’t act like a lunatic. No doubt we end up with a different SB winner.

  60. nobleeding says: Feb 11, 2016 6:56 PM

    Look at the Bungles trolls double-down on the fallacy that Burfict was only punished because of one incident.

  61. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2016 7:07 PM

    scoreboard

  62. laserw says: Feb 12, 2016 12:21 AM

    Barf-it should have been banned for a season and then the next time he so much as jumps offsides, he should be banned for life. This is true scum.

  63. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 7:56 PM

    cymbaline6 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 2:59 PM

    Speaking as a Bengals fan, I’m completely fine with his suspension being upheld, and I hope that this finally gets his attention. Lots of thing cost us that game, but his head on Brown was certainly high on the list.

    That said, a lot of people are overreacting to this hit. I’ve seen plenty like it in football this past year. It happens routinely over the middle. Dirty? Probably, but not as absurdly so as a lot of people are making it out to be. Want to see a really dirty hit? Look up his one on the rookie Ravens TE from the week 17 game. THAT was indisputably dirty, and should have been a suspension.
    … I’m glad you pointed that out. That hit was the one that got him suspended and not Brown. That was probably worse than all of James Harrison’s put together. As much as I hate the Steelers I like Marvin Lewis. But Burfict is a piece of scum. I was so happy the Ravens drafted Williams and still think the Steelers were going to draft him. With that being said. He came out as a Sophmore and is a 20 year old kid. He had a better rookie season than Todd Heap. But week 17 when the Bengals already have the division and a home playoff game he does something like that. He could have ended his career before it started and the refs didn’t even throw a flag on that total cheap shot. I hope a Ravens player hits Burfict so hard in the knee when he’s not looking it ends his career. POS. At first thought I was thinking 3 games might be too much. No it wasn’t.

  64. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 8:00 PM

    I don’t wish injuries on other teams players. But if someone took out Burfict, I’m fine with it.

  65. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 8:02 PM

    Burfict. Very talented football player. Very low life piece of scum.

  66. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 8:16 PM

    Goodell needs to clean up the officiating. I’ve been saying it for years. But he’s too much of a Pansy.

  67. oldcracker says: Feb 17, 2016 8:05 PM

    While I don’t condone cheap shots or late hits, I wish just 1 of the Browns, on defense, had a little FIRE in their belly.

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