Vontaze Burfict takes cheap shot at Martellus Bennett’s knee

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s repeated dirty play got him suspended for the first three games of this season, but he does not appear to have learned his lesson.

Burfict took a brutal cheap shot at the knee of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett during Sunday’s game, a hit that will surely draw a fine and could draw a suspension.

Bennett was running a pass route and Burfict dropped into coverage on the play. After the ball was thrown, with Bennett’s back turned, Burfict drilled him in the left knee. Burfict wasn’t attempting to block or tackle or otherwise make a legitimate football play; he was clearly just trying to take a cheap shot at Bennett.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski later picked up a 15-yard penalty for getting in Burfict’s face, which Bennett seemed to appreciate after the game.

“That’s who we are. We always have each other’s backs,” Bennett said. “Things happen in the game. It was one of those things, it usually doesn’t happen that way, but Gronk’s like, ‘Bro, I got you.’ I mean, he hit me in the back of my knee. That’s low,”

It was low, and it ought to draw further league discipline.

179 responses to “Vontaze Burfict takes cheap shot at Martellus Bennett’s knee

  1. Frustration manifested in the extremely feeble brain of a cheap-shot loser.
    Enjoy your 6 game suspension. It won’t make any difference to your team…they will just keep on losing without you.

  2. Good for Gronk.

    Burfict is a good football player when he plays football but Vontaze wasn’t playing football on that play.

  3. I don’t blame Burfict nearly as much as I fault Marvin Lewis, who should not be allowed to come within 3 miles of coaching any football program, be it NFL or High School. He should have been fired after the team’s disgusting display in last year’s playoffs against the Steelers. After 13 years in the league, this tool hasn’t won a single playoff game and his dismissal would be nothing short of an improvement in Cincy.

  4. Burfict and Cleveland were repeatedly piling on, taking shots after the whistle…and when the Pats shoved back or talked back afterward, THEN the refs woke up and yanked the hanky.

    what a joke

  5. And it was the Patriots that were flagged twice..the headphones also went out on the Patriot sideline, and the Patriot surface tablets have been glitchy…all these things are controlled by the league but no one cares it’s the Patriots….INTEGRITY ROGER INTEGRITY

  6. Two things:
    1. The Bengals are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Why… WHY are cheap shots still so important to them? Was that not exactly what cost them their season last year? If that team, or any Marvin Lewis coached team over the years ever had an ounce of discipline they might actually make a serious run. I will never, ever, understand why it means more to some players to have a reputation for injuring people than winning.

    2. Dan Fouts called that hit incidental, and is a moron.

  7. There has been a lot of talk over the years what a dirty team the bengals are and I guess we got a first hand view of that yesterday.

    They played well in the beginning and then the pats “smacked them in the mouth” and then they folded, resorting to cheap shots and trying to provoke the pats into reacting to their crap.

    They deserve the season they are getting this year.

  8. When a player does this sort of thing repeatedly, he does not deserve a fine or suspension. He needs to be out of the league. Let’s see if der fuerher really cares about player safety. My guess is not. It is all about $$$.

  9. Hysterical scene at the end of the game when Blount was being led off the field and Burfict was waving “bye” to him…. down 17 points……

  10. Somehow I think this will draw less of a penalty than being “generally aware” of a possible scheme to maybe let air out of footballs even though there is a possibility that there was maybe no physical evidence of such wrongdoings. Possibly.

  11. more amazing, or not really, was that there was no flag on the cheap shot.

    The referee was looking right at it.

    Dirty player, repeat offender, we await Mr Integrity to to come down with his usual irrational justice.

  12. Take a look at the video. He it’s Bennett right as the ball thrown in his direction. It’s the kind of play where he would have smashed Bennett up high last year, this year he knows not to do that. It doesn’t look remotely dirty when you consider that he took out both legs and feet, nothing bent strange, it just took Bennett’s legs out from under him. Should have been flagged for basically tackling a guy that wasn’t even getting the ball, but it’s not dirty, just dumb. He’s marked though so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s suspended again.

  13. After 13 years in the league, this tool hasn’t won a single playoff game and his dismissal would be nothing short of an improvement in Cincy.
    ———–
    You must have forgotten that before Lewis got to Cincy, Cincy was more or less the {current} Browns.

    The Bengals only won 52 games total from 1990 to 1999. (and 9 of those 52 wins came in 1990)
    Going to and losing a playoff game seemed like a pipe dream back before Lewis got there.

  14. Just another hot head a team can goad into penalties (or worse) Talented football player, but lacks the mental toughness needed to stop hurting his team. Steeler fans understand this better than anyone

  15. Bengals keep Lewis and Pacman and Burfict. They cost them a playoff win last year. Terrible management. If they had kept Zimmer and fired Lewis I think things would be better now.

  16. don’t have a horse in this race and I am not excusing the cheap shot, but I can understand the Bengals frustration – and nobody in the Media will bring it up, but the Refs jobbed Cincy in this game. Ridiculous call on a 3rd and 18 at end of 1st half that gave NE a 1st down. And an awful holding call that negated a Cincy 1st down the play before NE got the safety. 2 huge game changing calls.

  17. My opinion is is in egregious as such as this resulting in injury the offender should be immediately be ineligible to play at least as long as the victim. There should also be a minimum

  18. wow wow wow – talk about revisionist (recent) history.

    First of all other angles of the tape show Burfict unintentionally falling into him (Ian and Fouts even commented as much when showing it several times). Secondly big mouth Gronk didn’t have anyone’s back he was jawing at a Bengal on the ground when Vontaze got in HIS face.

  19. Burfict is never more than a moment away from doing something incredibly stupid and dirty. He is what he is, the bigger problem for the team is a culture that allows he and Jones to indulge their baser instincts. How is it that Coughlin and now McAdoo have to answer for Beckham but Lewis doesn’t get called out by the media on anywhere near that scale?

  20. The best part was Dan Fouts saying that he thought it was an accident and that Burfict was just falling down. Come on, Dan.

  21. There was one pile where a Bengals player — using the term loosely — was sitting on a Patriots guy’s back. Just flat out sitting on him like a lawn chair a good 10 seconds after the play is over. Classless goons.

  22. Anti-Pats, Bills fan here…But, a cheap shot is a cheap shot. Fines don’t seem to work for this neanderthal. He’s got to sit. The longer the better!

  23. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:10 AM
    Iam outraged at his behavior then I realized it was against a Patriot and it was ok

    People like you LOVE the Internet.
    Say/type whatever you want and not be held accountable.

    #coward

  24. It was enlightening watching the demeaner of the Bengals change when it became obvious they didn’t have a snowball’s chance of winning the “war” so they decided to get dirty in a few “battles”. The Bengals in a nutshell, loser coach with a loser mentality being mirrored by talented players not living up to their potential.

  25. Burfict also stomped on Blounts ankle at the end of the game after the last touchdown… just wanted to throw that fact out too since it seems to be glossed over

  26. Good News for Pats fans is we will not have to deal with Burfict and the Bungles for awhile – they are not sniffing at the playoffs this year in yet another opportunity to choke.

    When you cannot win go for the ambulance hits, right Bungles ?

  27. First, I hate the Patriots*, but cheap shots to the back of someone’s knee could be career ending. As a 2nd time penalized offender
    ( He has the reputation as a cheap shot player )and because of the blatant nature of the offense he should get at least 8 games. The league fines and suspends players for clean hard hits in the name of safety, This should be a no brainer.

  28. jm91rs says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:20 AM
    Take a look at the video. He it’s Bennett right as the ball thrown in his direction. It’s the kind of play where he would have smashed Bennett up high last year, this year he knows not to do that. It doesn’t look remotely dirty when you consider that he took out both legs and feet, nothing bent strange, it just took Bennett’s legs out from under him. Should have been flagged for basically tackling a guy that wasn’t even getting the ball, but it’s not dirty, just dumb. He’s marked though so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s suspended again.
    ____________________________

    Excuse making for this loser??? It was on the other side of the field behind the play.

  29. The NFL is more interested in taking celebrations out than with player safety.
    If they were truly concerned with player safety this would have been flagged and ejected. But no, let’s keep trying to pay the players less and make them play more. Oh, and they didn’t know about concussions. And Thursday night games are still played. Smh

  30. This guy will never learn. He will maim someone and Bengal fans will support him. Guys like Him, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Bill Romanowski are what gives NFL bad name. Throw Brady and his cheating in as well. Pete Rose was banned for life from a sport he loves, but these dirtballs play on.

  31. Dan Fouts “It looked like Burfict was losing his balance” What a fool. It was so blatant.

    Glad NE punched in the last TD when they could have taken a knee.

  32. Burfict unintentionally fell into him??? Anyone that wants a great laugh, pull up the replay on youtube and take a look.

  33. Do not fine or suspend him. BAN him.

    Fines should be for bad judgments that wind up as a safety concern. Suspensions should be for when the fines are not working or a particularly bad incident that could happen if a player is not careful. This guy’s ONLY intent was to injure another player. Those clowns should never be allowed to play again and target someone else.

  34. dcpatfan says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:27 AM
    I am So Proud to be A Patriot.

    That’s who WE are. We all have each other’s back

    ————-

    Um, I’m pretty sure they don’t have your back. Or even know who you are.

  35. don’t have a horse in this race and I am not excusing the cheap shot, but I can understand the Bengals frustration – and nobody in the Media will bring it up, but the Refs jobbed Cincy in this game. Ridiculous call on a 3rd and 18 at end of 1st half that gave NE a 1st down. And an awful holding call that negated a Cincy 1st down the play before NE got the safety. 2 huge game changing calls.
    __________________________________________

    And a ridiculous hands to the face call against the Pats in the first quarter that negated a 3rd down blocked pass attempt and gave the Bengals another set of downs. Happened on both sides of the ball there buddy. If you are going to complain, at least do it honestly.

  36. They should review more than just that play. The play Blount was flagged on was retaliation from someone swinging at him while he was on the ground. Strange how Cyrus Jones was evicted last week for throwing punches that later were found to not have happened. Officials should be held accountable for bad calls.

  37. It wasn’t a brutal cheap shot but it was on the dirty side and was avoidable. As far as Front acting tough….he doesn’t want any of Burfict, trust me, Burfict may be an dirtbag but something tells me he knows how to throw a punch or two.

  38. “I am So Proud to be A Patriot.

    That’s who WE are. We all have each other’s back!”

    Oh wow, what was it like going through training camp with Belichick? What’s Brady really like behind the scenes? These are all questions you should know since you are apparently on the team.

  39. Burfict’s bad karma is going to cash in someday. Hopefully sooner than later.

    He seems to have no respect for fellow competitors.

  40. It’s just a matter of time before a Bengals’ cheap shot ends somebody’s career or somebody on another team cripples one of the Bengals in retaliation.

    The NFL will have some serious legal liability if they don’t take action.

    The NFLPA ought to speak out, too.

  41. If Burfict is not a football player he’ll probably be a real criminal. He’s hurting people is like a compulsion.

  42. “manninghasnt1sincespygate says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:54 AM

    No way Burfict will be suspended. When does Roger ever get anything right?”
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    Uh, did you even read article? No seriously, read the very first sentence of the article VERY SLOWLY. It’s right there. He had already been suspended, so Roger has done something right.

  43. Curiously though Burfict gave Bennett a hand getting up at the end of plays before this happened earlier. Not something common on the part of opposing players anymore. My son and I thought he must have been friendly with Bennett or something.Guess not though.

  44. Burfict has never learned. Not in High School. Not in college. The way he left college after he was finally disciplined for ONE game. They way he screwed up the combine and blamed his coaches for EVERYTHING. The way he tested positive and was overweight for the combine. To the way he’s acted in

    I repeat, when he was in high school he and Matt Barkley were both committed to USC, but played each other. Didn’t matter that he was going against his future teammate, he was going after Barkley’s knees.

    Of course he ended up at ASU, but at the time, he was still committed to USC.

    Hell in the locker room at ASU as a junior he straight up knocked out a freshman receiver that was like 75 lbs or so less then him. Straight up Geno Smith’d him…. but Burfict was in the wrong.

    This guy’s idiocy infects other teammates, so then you start having a rash of stupid penalties.

    The guy lost many games for ASU for his idiocy. The whole situation and extra losses probably got his coach fired. Now after all those ‘lessons’ from high school and college… why should anyone think he’s going to change?

    What another 5-10 bad incidents in the NFL including more suspensions will straighten him out?

    Nope. He’s a psychopath. He’s had about 100 chances, blew through them all. He’s unaccountable. Occasionally he’ll say the right words, but actions speak louder than words.

    What’s hilarious is that Bengals fans defend, defend, and defend… and then hate on reality. Sorry Bengals fans… we’ve seen this far more than you. You aren’t the expert on Burfict. There are people who have been watching his idiocy for far longer.

    He won’t change, so don’t even defend him. You simply cannot justify it.

  45. I’m shocked that Burfict took cheap shots. Shocked! NFL needs to suspend him for the year, including Cincy’s inevitable 1 and done in the playoffs. And fine the Bengals too.

  46. Registered only to make this point…

    A) It was NOT a dirty hit.

    B) Your reporting bias is obvious, and you clearly either didn’t watch the game, or don’t care to research more.

    C) You can CLEARLY see by watching the shadow of the ball, that Brady was in process of throwing the ball, and the ball goes very close to Bennett. All Burfict sees is Brady at the end of his throwing motion and the pass coming in the direction of Bennett. Rather than try and take his head off, he goes low to try and tackle him, thinking that the ball was going to him. Just watch Adam Jones and you can see that it was possible that the ball was going in that direction. Burfict started to react as the pass was being thrown. That’s his ONLY crime here.

  47. Conduct Detrimental To The League. But apparently not handing your cell phone over to the Ginger Hammer gets you a longer suspension than deliberately trying to end a player’s season, or even career on a repeat basis. #INTEGRITY.

  48. Burfict is a symptom, Lewis is the root cause. He’s a good enough coach to win games in the regular season by playing on or over the edge, but they can’t control themselves in the playoffs, or on a big stage against a good team. His teams have always lacked discipline, both offensively and defensively. Remember Chad Johnson attacking coaches at halftime?

    Teams have been successful playing that way, the Seahawks, Steelers and Ravens are 3 recent examples, but those teams understand that there comes a time when they need to shut it down and focus on the game.

    The Bengals meltdown in last year’s playoff is the perfect example of this. The fact that Lewis is back, and clowns like Burfict are still playing the same way only proves the adage that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.

  49. Just suspend him again. and maybe one day he will realize that he has done something wrong. He is a dirty player, and nothing else.

  50. That doesn’t look dirty really, the ball was coming, if he aimed for his head he would have been flagged. He wasn’t flagged on the play.

    If he really wanted to take out his knee he easily could have by hitting lower, and grabbing his left leg and rolling.

    I think people are looking for anything to use against Burfict as ammo.

  51. steelerfanjo says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:48 AM
    This guy will never learn. He will maim someone and Bengal fans will support him. Guys like Him, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Bill Romanowski are what gives NFL bad name. Throw Brady and his cheating in as well. Pete Rose was banned for life from a sport he loves, but these dirtballs play on.
    ****************************************************
    Everyone that reads this comment from a Steeler fan must read it twice to fully comprehend what he is saying. This is coming from a Steelers fan talking about dirty play and cheating. Let that marinate for a minute.

  52. dstroi says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:51 AM

    Everyone that reads this comment from a Steeler fan must read it twice to fully comprehend what he is saying. This is coming from a Steelers fan talking about dirty play and cheating. Let that marinate for a minute

    ************
    LOL @ Steeler fan pot calling the kettle black.

  53. The Bengals need to clear out his locker, as well as the office of Marvin Lewis today. Put all of their stuff on the curb and tell them to pick it up. Enough is enough. By continuing to try to justify and reason for him, you enable him to keep putting people’s careers and lives in danger.

    Enough is enough, and it should not just be up to the NFL as an organization, it should be handle by the team level.

  54. That was crazy dirty, I replayed it after Fouts said it was accidental and sure enough, Burfict literally dove at the back of Bennet’s knee.

    Remove him from the game before he kills somebody.

  55. Burfict should be banned for life from the NFL. It’s obvious that he’s trying to injure people. The NFL will lose a lot of credibility when it comes to protecting its players if they don’t throw him out. If he injures someone, they should sue the NFL big time for negligence. I’m an NFL fan, not a Patriots’ fan.

  56. Burfict better get Greg Hardy’s MMA agent on the line for a jump start on his next “career”.

    See ya…

  57. Fouts is the worst analyst on TV. Was a great player, and maybe for a first time football watcher he would be good, but he specializes in telling the audience what they already know. Captain Obvious. He also has no idea what is going on. Not tying together the hit on Bennett with the Patriots getting two penalties afterward was really stupid. How could he think Burfict fell down? Makes no sense.

  58. mdsayre says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:50 AM
    That doesn’t look dirty really, the ball was coming, if he aimed for his head he would have been flagged. He wasn’t flagged on the play.

    If he really wanted to take out his knee he easily could have by hitting lower, and grabbing his left leg and rolling.

    I think people are looking for anything to use against Burfict as ammo.

    ———-

    Bennett didn’t get the ball and he had a tackler on him already. Stay on your feet and wrap the guy up. No need for a head first dive there.

  59. Roger may hire Teddy Wells to look into it. If so it is also more probable than not that Teddy will come to whatever conclusion Roger asks him to.

    In the meantime Jonny Harbawl will probably complain that Brady looked over at Bennett and that is deceptive and it shouldn’t be allowed. In the interim Jonny will ask Flacco to look at the tapes and see if he can fake that stuff better.

  60. notadirtyhit says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:21 AM
    Registered only to make this point…

    A) It was NOT a dirty hit.

    B) Your reporting bias is obvious, and you clearly either didn’t watch the game, or don’t care to research more.

    C) You can CLEARLY see by watching the shadow of the ball, that Brady was in process of throwing the ball, and the ball goes very close to Bennett. All Burfict sees is Brady at the end of his throwing motion and the pass coming in the direction of Bennett. Rather than try and take his head off, he goes low to try and tackle him, thinking that the ball was going to him. Just watch Adam Jones and you can see that it was possible that the ball was going in that direction. Burfict started to react as the pass was being thrown. That’s his ONLY crime here.

    ————–

    He didn’t try to tackle him at all. He launched at his knee. If he wrapped up Bennett’s legs there would be no discussion today.

  61. Guess Martellus will have more subject matter to talk about. IDK if this is Vontaze being Vontaze or some type of retribution for Martellus’ breaking the golden rule of not keeping stuff in the locker room.

  62. dstroi says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:51 AM

    Everyone that reads this comment from a Steeler fan must read it twice to fully comprehend what he is saying. This is coming from a Steelers fan talking about dirty play and cheating. Let that marinate for a minute.

    ———-

    I think you’d be surprised at how many people only need to read it once to understand: Typical loser that uses an article about a different topic in order to get in a cheap shot at Brady.

  63. VB needs a long suspension or to be bounced permanently. No room for that in the league, plus I can’t stand to give Marty something else to whine about.

    I will say, VB probably had a chip on his shoulder from day 1 because someone named him ‘Vontaze’. I would appreciate someone educating me on the etymology of that one-

  64. Pats had two freakishly bad calls against them. A first down called back from a hold on Hogan. Except he didn’t hold him. Just blocked him. Result, punt.

    A hands to the face that negated a 3rd down stop. Replay showed that he didn’t hit his face at all. Phantom penalty.

  65. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Oct 17, 2016 12:04 PM

    Don’t mess with my Pats or you’ll pay and pay big!
    ——————————–

    How many of these Jets fans are there, or are they all the same lady?

  66. one takes cheap shots, the other cheats. So there you have it. They’re both equally fair out, except, the pats have more experience in doing it. that’s how the were able to win super bowls by doing it.
    if you’re going to do it, might as well do it real real good!

  67. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:10 AM
    Iam outraged at his behavior then I realized it was against a Patriot and it was ok

    Umm No. Its never ok. I am as much a Pat Hater as anyone. But this cannot be tolerated at all, towards any team and any player. He should be suspended for the rest of the season. No place for that in the NFL. Period. End of story.

  68. Without this jerk on the field, the Steelers and Bengals played a clean game with no incidents. As soon as he comes back, he’s trying to cripple someone else. The league needs to get rid of him before he ends someone’s career. He’s a time bomb waiting to explode.

  69. mmack66 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 12:29 PM
    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Oct 17, 2016 12:04 PM

    Don’t mess with my Pats or you’ll pay and pay big!
    ——————————–

    How many of these Jets fans are there, or are they all the same lady?

    I think this one is a Dolphins fan. His other user name is
    1972 forever lives

    Click on the Randyinroxbury

  70. Now it seems many more of you understand why the entire Steeler team, and most of its fans like me, despise Burfict and most of the Bengals. That play is typical. A game with the Bengals is full of chop blocks, late hits, and anything else that some of their guys can get away with.

    I hate the Ravens, but I respect them. Every Steeler-Raven game is a war, but it’s almost always a clean war, a lot of hitting but between the whistles and without trying to maim the other team. Outside of a few guys on that team, I have zero respect for the Bengals.

  71. Ref’s and umpire should be fined as well for blowing calls .. and non calls, especially something like this that was right in front of two ref’s and changed the whole mentality of the game. Not to mention could have caused serious injury to a player this looser should have been immediately ejected from the game . It is ignorant to think it was a play on the ball or an accident , if you watch the video he started running five yards away , then dove directly at MB’s knees. As dirty as he is at least TJ Ward was trying to tackle .. this was a blatant intentional attempt to injure by VB.

  72. mmack66 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 12:29 PM
    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Oct 17, 2016 12:04 PM

    Don’t mess with my Pats or you’ll pay and pay big!
    ——————————–

    How many of these Jets fans are there, or are they all the same lady?

    —————–

    We need to cut them a break. They don’t really have much positive to look forward to. They have not competed in a SB since the 1960s and they used to at least get to laugh at the Bills fans…. Now the Jets are looking like they make take last place in the AFC East.

  73. First, I think that Elmer guy is just joking/trolling. Second, at first when I saw it I thought nothing of it, but looking at it again it was definitely an intentional cheap shot. Burfict tried to take out Bennett deliberately since Bennett was beginning to go on a roll against the Bengals late in the game. As for the Bengals fan that complained about the refs how about the ridiculous illegal contact call on Logan Ryan that kept the Bengals drive going that thankfully ended with their offense getting stuffed or the phantom holding call on Hogan. Bengals should have and did lose sorry the Bengals got punked.

  74. If Vontaze had any common sense he would take out the red-headed guy’s knees to at least give the Bengals a shot at a postseason win. Probably a little to late for that this season.

  75. I find it remarkably hilarious that the day after Roethlisberger hurts his knee and will be out for an extended time that Pittsburgh Football Talk goes on a crusade to have Vontaze Burfict suspended for an unflagged hit.

    such tools.

  76. Let me start by saying that this guy is one hell of a football player when he’s not doing stupid things. He possesses the toughness of an era long since passed and if he could harness that energy properly what asset he would be to that organization. That being said Bennett is arguably the tallest eligible receiver in the league and burfictt couldn’t find a way to hit the three and a half feet between the top of the shoulder and above the knee and instead hit right on a 3 inch area right at the back corner of the knee?

  77. mdsayre says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:50 AM
    That doesn’t look dirty really, the ball was coming, if he aimed for his head he would have been flagged. He wasn’t flagged on the play.

    If he really wanted to take out his knee he easily could have by hitting lower, and grabbing his left leg and rolling.

    I think people are looking for anything to use against Burfict as ammo.

    _______________________________

    that’s a great comment, really , except the ball WASN”T coming, it was thrown to Danny Amendola on the opposite side of the field, and the hit to the knees happend AFTER the completion. but go ahead, keep defending Burfict, it’s not like the guy has a history of cheap shots or anything…

  78. How does Marvin Loser Lewis still have a job?
    Can Wikileaks please release the emails that explain it all.

    His team in undisciplined and they stink in the playoffs where other teams consistently out-coach/out-scheme him. Ray Lewis made this bum.

  79. Clearly the guy has no intention of playing legitimate football. He is simply out there to hurt people and the NFL with its litigation now with concussions has to put an end to it or look as if it is giving tacit authority to Burfict to do it. Later on in concussion litigation that will undoubtedly go on indefinitely, Burfict could be used as evidence that the NFL doesn’t care about safety based on how they deal with him.

    Unfortunately for the game, Burfict has backed the NFL into a corner and any suspension short of the 3 games he just served will be seen by attorneys as just another example the NFL doesn’t care about its players. The NFL HAS to give him 4 games or it will cost them millions to billions over time as he becomes the poster child for showing the NFL won’t stop defensive players who want to do nothing else but go out and hurt people making the NFL LIBEL for their actions because they didn’t stop them when given multiple instances where a specific player simply refuses to respect the rules of safe play and other players.

  80. The players could do considerably more to improve their own safety – they are the ones doing the helmet-to-helmet hits, and the types of plays Burfict made. They could request stricter punishments, but they don’t, which indicates that player safety is not their biggest concern.

  81. askierslife says:
    Oct 17, 2016 1:38 PM

    2 taunting/personal fouls on Pats.

    0 on Bengals
    —————————

    Damn those refs.

  82. Burfict may be the dirtiest player in the history of the league. Hope somebody hurts him badly enough to end his dirty little career.

  83. Because that’s what Burfict does… Somehow this is Joey Porter’s fault???

    10 cent brain making millions to play a game. Is this a great country or what???

  84. askierslife says:
    Oct 17, 2016 1:38 PM
    2 taunting/personal fouls on Pats.

    0 on Bengals
    =========================================

    Both followed Burfict’s garbage shot. Both were also taunting, not contact with intent to injure.

  85. Only a narcisstic fool like Goodell would suspend Gordon for a year for smoking a harmless weed and then allowing a Neanderthal like Burfict to keep having opportunities to Maine someone.

  86. laxnhockey says:
    “allowing a Neanderthal like Burfict to keep having opportunities to Maine someone.”

    I hate to bring it up but how does this incident, or others like it, differ from Odell’s hit behind the play in the Giants/Saints game this year? Or when he launched himself at an unsuspecting Norman last year?
    In my book, a cheap shot (trying to injure someone) is a cheap shot. It should not matter who performed the act.

    I agree with suspension when players purposefully attempt to injure someone. Hitting hard and “hurting” someone with a hard hit is a far cry from possibly taking away income from someone due to a cheap shot that prematurely ends a players career.

  87. I would have thought Bennett would appreciate someone doing something to his back – he’s stabbed all the teams that got rid of him in the back.

  88. Burfict is a piece of garbage that should be suspended for a long while before he ends another “fellow” player’s career. It’s obvious he has no respect for the safety of other players. I find it amazing that some try to defend him. The NFLPA should step up and protect their union members from this proven and repeat menace.

  89. I also love how you will never mention all the calls the Bengals get screwed on. Dre did not hold Hogan on 3rd and 18 that gave the Pats the lead before the half. He had a hand out to follow him, just like every DB does on every play.

    AJ Green was assaulted numerous times. How about him running into the end zone with his arm extended backwards because the Pats DB had TWO hands holding it? No flag, it’s the Bengals.

    Ogbuehi gets called for holding with BOTH hands inside the pads and that leads to the safety. The NFL is a freaking joke and you media clowns won’t even acknowledge what’s happening.

  90. If he went at Gronkowski and not Bennett, I would say it was intentional. Gronkowski was killing them all day.

  91. I’m just thankful that Burfict didn’t simulate a bow and arrow or jump shot as that would be very detrimental to the game. Worse yet he would have put something about his faith, a loved one lost, or a earthquake ravaged country on his cleats. This was just cheapshot with intent to injure….Dean Blandino will have a complete and thorough explanation of why refs got it right despite the obvious.

  92. trailerparkking says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:02 AM
    It wasn’t a brutal cheap shot but it was on the dirty side and was avoidable. As far as Front acting tough….he doesn’t want any of Burfict, trust me, Burfict may be an dirtbag but something tells me he knows how to throw a punch or two.

    There’s no may be about it. And I’d pay folding money to see Burfict and Gronk or Bennet in the ring with this trash heap. He’s a little boy by comparison. And yes, I mean BOY.

    He’s tough when you’re wrapped up or have your back to him. Gutless POS hiding behind his facemask and has teh refs there to protect him.

  93. To all Cincinnati fans in denial as well as the haters. With the play on the opposite side of the field, there’s no possible excuse to “falling” into someone’s knee.

    Burfict should and will be suspended and fined a tidy sum and rightfully so. He’s trying to take away or end someones career.

    Seeing it any differently means you’re no fan of the game. Period !

  94. Come on, man. That’s ridiculous. Amendola catches the pass on the same side of the field 10 yards down from Burfict and Bennett.

    Brady faked to Bennett, so Burfict tried to make a play to hit Bennett to prevent him from catching it. In the same motion, Brady then threw the ball over both of their heads to Amendola.

    Don’t lie. The media is already biased enough on this issue. No need to pile on.

  95. Boarder line dirty at best. This is the NFL and media trying to tell a story about Burfict. The bigger crimes were the BS calls against the bengals that allowed the Pats to continue drives. Bengals lost the game, but the refs definitely contributed.

  96. Boarder line dirty at best. This is the NFL and media trying to tell a story about Burfict. The bigger crimes were the BS calls against the bengals that allowed the Pats to continue drives. Bengals lost the game, but the refs definitely contributed.

    Just to confirm the only unsportsman like penalties were called on the Pats. Gronk should have been flagged twice and thrown out

  97. Brady pump faked the pass to Bennett and Burfict hit him low. So is the league gonna ban pump fakes now? Gronk should’ve been flagged on 3 different occasions for taunting in that game but no one is saying anything about that.

    p.s. Burfict is a p.o.s but that play was clean after watching the different angle

  98. That’s been the story of the season. Multiple calls each game against the Bengals on 3rd downs where they have the other team stopped, but a flag comes in for illegal contact or pass interference. It happened multiple times against the Broncos and Patriots. Bengals can’t even get a call to go their way when there is clear evidence of knees being down. It’s been and is going to continue to be a frustrating season, because of the officials. I’m not saying the Bengals would’ve won those games, but it has definitely assisted teams in scoring and keeping the Bengals from scoring. All I ask for is fairness in this game. There certainly seems to be a trend in the officials influencing games. The NFL wonders why ratings are down.

  99. No penalty on Burfict’s cheap shot at Bennett’s knee, but an unsportsmanlike penalty on OBJ for celebrating a TD.

    Way to go NFL, you are officially a joke. You make the WWE look legit.

    And you wonder why TV ratings are down.

  100. scoocha says:
    Oct 17, 2016 12:02 PM
    …and everyone south of NE cheers Burfict.
    ======================================

    No they’re not. Real fans hate to see cheap shots that could potentially end someone’s career no matter the rivalry. I’ve watched Burfict since all star games in high school. He was an out of control monster even back then. In college he was known as an instant first down because linemen could EASILY bait him into doing something to draw a personal foul flag he was so dumb.

  101. Patriots better be ready for this kind of stuff, or worse when they play the LA Rams later this season. They are coached up to play even dirtier than this by Fisher and Williams. With that said; Burfict is simply a dumb bloke who has zero control of his emotions. Everything to him is a “Street fight”, or challenge to his stupid manhood. Grow Up Dude! It’s NFL Football. Not a turf war between the Crips and Bloods. Marvin Lewis better grab control of this guy, before he’s escorted out because of him.

  102. hehateme2 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:39 PM

    karma- there is lots more coming your way patz.

    #wellearned
    #enoughwiththewhining

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    You’re probably right. NE now has a chance to win out, and possibly win another SB. That’s the kind of Karma they have right now!

    Thanks Roger, and your 31 owner cronies for giving Brady a month off to travel…BTW, when are those PSI results from 2015 being released?

    You know Roger, transparency, integrity…

  103. Any game this punk is suspended is good for the health and safety of other players.
    This turd sets out to injure people first and help win a ball game second.

    Total bush player.
    No respect and absolutely no class!

  104. iknowurider72 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:49 PM

    Boarder line dirty at best. This is the NFL and media trying to tell a story about Burfict. The bigger crimes were the BS calls against the bengals that allowed the Pats to continue drives. Bengals lost the game, but the refs definitely contributed.

    —————————————————————
    Maybe you wanted to mention the borderline call in the 1st quarter when the Patriots defense blocked a pass at the line on 3rd down only to have the play negated by a bogus hand to the face call.

  105. steelerfanjo says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:48 AM

    Throw Brady and his cheating in as well.

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    Except a Steelers fan did tests and found that Brady didn’t cheat. Just search online for a video with the following title: “Deflate Gate & Why Science Says the Patriots Did Not Tamper With Footballs”.

  106. Only a narcisstic fool like Goodell would suspend Gordon for a year for smoking a harmless weed and then allowing a Neanderthal like Burfict to keep having opportunities to Maine someone.
    —————-

    If Burfict keeps this up, he might even Vermont someone.
    ; )

  107. 202folife says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:56 PM

    … Gronk should’ve been flagged on 3 different occasions for taunting in that game but no one is saying anything about that.
    —————————————
    You seriously think that play was clean but want to see penalties for TAUNTING? Will the idiocy never end?

  108. mikebrownfeedsondreams says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:53 PM
    “I also love how you will never mention all the calls the Bengals get screwed on. Dre did not hold Hogan on 3rd and 18”

    What???
    You are trying to say a hold is equivalent to trying to injure a player?

    Seriously??

    Talk about stupid…

  109. Any word on the Burfict suspension? I didn’t think so… However, if Burfict played in New England, Roger would throw the book at him. Remember, Roger has a history of dealing outrageous “punishments” for incidents with little to not evidence. In the case, there’s actual evidence. But who cares about the Bangles…

  110. Brady pump faked the pass to Bennett and Burfict hit him low.

    Yeah, a lot of time passed between the pump fake and the hit. You know what never happened? The ball never went in Bennett’s direction. Defenders aren’t allowed to smash into receivers until after the ball has arrived. Your argument in favor of Burfict comes down to “he was trying to commit pass interference”.

    Unless you’re going to argue that the Bengals’ defense isn’t trained to keep track of where the ball is.

    Recap: a pump fake in a receiver’s direction is not an excuse to hit him, and it’s certainly not an excuse to target his knees or ankles, as Burfict did.

  111. “Upon further review….He hit him in the thigh….perfectly legal”

    Not when the pass is to a completely different receiver.

  112. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Oct 14, 2016 5:32 PM

    No, but Jastremski makes it pretty clear he’s been talking to Tom, who’s been talking about McNally.

    You’re probably using the same technicalities to excuse Tom from commenting on the question when only about a zillion other athletes have done so.
    ————————————————-
    Brady probably texted Edelman as well. Maybe it was Edelman that deflated the balls? There’s just as much proof in that theory as there is the one Brady got suspended for.

    I would submit it would be pretty difficult for Brady and Jastremski not to be taking to each other. More generically it would pretty hard to argue any QB and the person preparing the balls don’t talk to each other.

    It seems pretty disingenuous on your part to suggest every person on the planet has no problem discussing their political preferences. Even more so when it’s anything but the case.

  113. Dude needs to be thrown out of the league. He is going to severely injure somebody with this crap. Secondly, to all the fools somehow weaving DeflateGate into this, GROW UP! Stop supporting Roger Goodell’s fraud. DeflateGate never happened, and you know it. Stick to the issue. This play was a cheap shot.

  114. Bennett is a team-quitting open-sore of an animal, but marvin lewis is worse.

    marvin’s not even human anymore.

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