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Report: Vontaze Burfict to meet with Goodell in next week

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images

At his press conference in San Francisco last Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he would like to see the NFL adopt a rule that would see players flagged for two personal fouls in the same game ejected.

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict would not have been ejected from the team’s playoff loss to the Steelers if such a rule was already in place because the only personal foul he received was for the shot to the head he delivered to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter. Burfict was suspended for the first three games of next season in the days following the game, however.

Burfict’s suspension came because of repeated violations of player safety rules — he’s been flagged for 16 personal fouls in the regular season and playoffs since 2012 — and he’s reportedly going to talk to Goodell about a possible reduction to that ban. Coley Harvey and James Walker of report that Burfict is expected to meet with the commissioner in the next week.

Given the proposal for stiffer penalties for players crossing the line during games, it would be a surprise to see the league pull back on the punishment handed out to a habitual offender like Burfict.

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27 Responses to “Report: Vontaze Burfict to meet with Goodell in next week”
  1. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:14 PM

    Hopefully Burfict can lay out Goodell with one of his signature cheap shots.

  2. joetoronto says: Feb 11, 2016 1:19 PM

    Discard the trash and don’t look back.

  3. dontlikecravens says: Feb 11, 2016 1:20 PM

    He’s lucky that he didn’t get half a season for his suspension. There’s playing hard and then there’s trying to be a killer. Just ask the Raven’s Maxx Williams.

  4. jjb0811 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:21 PM

    A few years back, he would have been celebrated by ESPN and their ‘jacked up’ segment.

  5. granadafan says: Feb 11, 2016 1:29 PM

    Any (then) Pac-10 fan watched Burfict self-destruct on the field. If you so much as looked at him wrong, you knew he’d get a personal foul trying to hit you. That he’s doing the same in the NFL comes as absolutely no surprise. He’s completely out of control.

  6. mackcarrington says: Feb 11, 2016 1:31 PM

    He probably should be meeting with a psychiatrist to discuss his mental problems.

  7. kevo95 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:38 PM

    This guy is trouble

  8. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 11, 2016 1:45 PM

    Shazier’s helmet to helmet hit on Giovani Bernard was far more brutal, yet it wasn’t flagged or fined. The league’s explanation for that was laughable. Helmet to helmet is never legal and Shazier had plenty of time to “line up” Gio. Lets call it what it is. There’s a witch hunt for Burfict because he’s a Bengal. Meanwhile, the Steelers have been getting away with this kind of play for years. Non-AFCN fans have no idea how dirty the Steelers have been, especially with their division rivals.

  9. suesspj says: Feb 11, 2016 1:46 PM

    I would disagree. I think given the new penalties, suspension is actually reduced given the possibility for ejection. Remember when Ray Rice got less. LOL

  10. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:49 PM

    Burfict talking about his case will only highlight the need to be suspended for more games, not less.

  11. h2beer says: Feb 11, 2016 1:49 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 11, 2016 1:19 PM

    Discard the trash and don’t look back.


    If the trash you refer to is Goodell, then by all means.

  12. citizenstrange says: Feb 11, 2016 1:50 PM

    Hopefully Goodell will use a phone/glass prison style system when he meets with Burfict. Err on the side of caution and all that.

  13. psmith7716 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:51 PM

    He was playing out-of-control and should have been ejected.

  14. exiledinphilly says: Feb 11, 2016 2:12 PM

    Bleacher Report has reported that the league has already denied his appeal and upheld his suspension — so it’s likely to be a very short meeting. No doubt Goodell giving Vontaze some valuable life coaching….

  15. duster1982 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:19 PM

    Still find it amusing that Bengals fans automatically bring up Shazier’s hit when Burfict is mentioned.
    Has nothing to do with how dirty Burfict has been during his career.

  16. 3wordanswers says: Feb 11, 2016 2:26 PM

    complete bull crap.

    ….and of course right after he’s seen ‘BeeKiller’ Burfict, next up will be Mike Mitchell, Antwaan Blake, Ryan Shazier and the other repeat offending Steeler head-hunters.

    ……and right after them he’ll be seeing Mike Tomlin and the other repeat offending Steeler coaches……oh wait.

    Suspending Burfict alone is bs, but its all about the integrity of the game aint it Roger ?……

  17. glb15 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:39 PM

    Burfict should have been suspended for the 2016 season without pay. maybe that would send a message to all NFL headhunters.

  18. nhpats says: Feb 11, 2016 2:43 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….”

  19. intrafinesse says: Feb 11, 2016 2:43 PM

    I hope Rodger gives him a stern lecture.

    Vontaze, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Yes, Mr. Goodell, I am. Could you please reduce my suspension.

    Certainly not, I already did you a huge favor by only suspending you for 3 games. You are a bad apple. Keep your nose clean and get out.

    OK, thanks Rodger.

  20. intrafinesse says: Feb 11, 2016 2:45 PM

    Shazier should have been suspended, not because he broke any rules, the league said he didn’t, but that he hits too hard.
    She should have let up. Hard hits are to be discouraged, he should have just tagged Bernard with 2 hands.

  21. gadgetking2010 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:51 PM

    To all of the Cinci / Burfict apologists…. The league ruled Shazier’s hit LEGAL !!!!

  22. jm91rs says: Feb 11, 2016 2:52 PM

    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Feb 11, 2016 1:45 PM
    Lets call it what it is. There’s a witch hunt for Burfict because he’s a Bengal. Meanwhile, the Steelers have been getting away with this kind of play for years. Non-AFCN fans have no idea how dirty the Steelers have been, especially with their division rivals.

    You give rational Bengals fans a bad name. Burfict’s shot was unnecessary and avoidable. That coupled with the fact that everyone in the stadium knew to watch him closely made the call an easy one. Let’s stop the conspiracy theory crap. Burfict is watched more closely because he is dirty, just like James Harrison is (or was), just like everyone else that has that reputation. It has nothing to do with the refs or the league liking the steelers or hating the Bengals, it has everything to do with Burfict having a reputation he has earned and deserves. Mitchell is probably on the watch list as well, a few more shots like the one Shazier delivered to Gio will put him on there as well. Guys earn their reputations and shouldn’t complain when they don’t get the benefit of the doubt.

  23. troy43mvp says: Feb 11, 2016 2:56 PM

    3 games that the league doesn’t have to put up with trailer trash Burfict. That’s nice. If the NFL would get rid of the Bungals team we could be without the whole trailer park. 26 years of non playoff winning football goes to show that trailer trash never prospers. haha

  24. Sandra Gibbens says: Feb 11, 2016 3:36 PM

    Wow, sounds right. Brady’s alleged infraction was far more severe that this potential paralysis type hit. 3 games to Bradys 4 seems fair. huh?

  25. steelers106 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:53 PM

    Pft loves the steelers,
    Your nuts and I doubt you watch a lot of the AFC games

  26. beelicker says: Feb 11, 2016 5:31 PM

    Burfict calls the defensive signals & coordinates the Bengal D on the field via radio helmet so all you ignorants who keep saying he ‘plays out of control’ look really stupid on your WWE style witch hunt

  27. burfictisabeast says: Feb 11, 2016 7:32 PM

    He is a bad man. Taking Steeler’s OUT. Steelers should have won a Super Bowl this year, but then there was Burfict.
    Really like that guy.

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