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Vontaze Burfict fined $75,000 for stomp of LeGarrette Blount

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots argues with an official during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL hasn’t suspended Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for his antics against the Patriots. But he has been disciplined for one of his two questionable maneuvers.

Our own Zac Jackson reports that Burfict has been fined $75,000 for his stomp of Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. Burfict will appeal the punishment.

The team believes it has an angle that shows there was no stomp. Regardless, Blount reacted to something Burfict did.

The letter sent by the league to Burfict makes it clear that the fine arises only from the stomp, and not a hit to the knees of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett. With the ball arriving as Burfict dove, the clearly dirty hit was not illegal; defenseless receivers have no specific protection against a hit to the knees. (Whether they should is a different issue.)

Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the year, after applying an illegal hit to Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.

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120 Responses to “Vontaze Burfict fined $75,000 for stomp of LeGarrette Blount”
  1. duffelbagsports says: Oct 19, 2016 10:40 AM

    Player safety is a priority.

    Roger Goodell

  2. nhpats says: Oct 19, 2016 10:41 AM

    Having to play for the Bengals is punishment enough.

  3. niners816 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:42 AM

    Dude’s a bitch.

  4. Bonerz'NPudz says: Oct 19, 2016 10:42 AM

    Gronk Smash!

  5. jobotjones says: Oct 19, 2016 10:42 AM

    Dude is clearly garbage, what is the excuse for not tossing him out of the league???

  6. skoobyfl says: Oct 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    This will send a message, that you can appeal really high fines.

  7. mikeytoth says: Oct 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    I thought on the other article people said he didn’t stomp on blount. I guess they have been proven wrong. Hippocrates.

  8. nflequalswwe says: Oct 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    “More probably than not” aware of an equipment violation after a months long witch hunt = 4 game suspension, loss of draft picks, and significant fines for an offense with a supposed maximum penalty of $25k.

    “We care about player safety” and yet have a habitual line stepper committing 2 egregious acts that could have easily ended a season or career = $75k fine.

    Seems about right for the Wheel of Justice ‘ol Fraudger spins every time he doles out his singularly arbitrary discipline. If Burfict had been playing the Jets or Colts he’d have gotten half a season suspension #FireGoodell.

  9. niners816 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM

    nhpats says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:41 AM
    Having to play for the Bengals is punishment enough.
    —————-
    Playing for the Niners would be an execution. I’m a Niners fan, but we suck ass. We are the Browns of the west. Actually, the Browns did beat us last year. I know this has nothing to do with the article, I just wanted everyone to know that right now it’s depressing being a Niners fan with a college coach as the head coach, the worst defense ever, the worst coordinators ever, the worst gm ever, and the biggest tool owner in the NFL.

  10. publikwerks says: Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM

    I was pretty sure they weren’t going to suspend him. Not enough evidence and Goodell isn’t going to punish teams playing the Pats unless it’s super egregious.

    Part of being the best is that the League doesn’t have your back.

  11. greggallmansliver says: Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM

    And nothing for the cheap shot on Bennett. Unbelievable. Suh #2

  12. soverytiredoflies says: Oct 19, 2016 10:47 AM

    The league basically just told defensive players they are free to take cheap shots at the knees of receivers as long as the ball is being thrown to that side of the field.

  13. swineflooo says: Oct 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    Whats goodell gonna say when he takes the next cheap shot and ends someones career

  14. billsfan says: Oct 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    Nobody’s Burfict…

  15. charliecharger says: Oct 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    Burfict is like a guy who gets too many drunk drivings. At some point you have to take the guy off the road. Not to punish him, but for the protection of the innocent. It’s to the point where this isn’t about Burfict anymore. It’s about the NFL’s commitment to player’s safety. Get this guy off the field NOW

  16. rob471773 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:49 AM

    “With the ball arriving as Burfict dove, the clearly dirty hit was not illegal;”

    The ball was not “arriving” at all, Bennett was not getting the ball passed to him. This is essentially the same as diving, with the crown of your helmet at a players knee, who’s just standing around a pile as a play is winding down.

  17. classyjacklambert says: Oct 19, 2016 10:50 AM

    He should be suspended for at least a year. Trash

  18. carloswlassiter says: Oct 19, 2016 10:50 AM

    It is odd that the ref watching the “stomp” play was just a few feet away and did not react at all until Blount responded with a shove – so if there was a stomp, this guy did not see it.

    Still, as I said before, Burfict isn’t getting the benefit of any doubts these days and I suspect it is simply a matter of time before he does something crazy and gets suspended again.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 19, 2016 10:51 AM

    People are so quick to judge a player but we don’t know what really went on the field. People say things that cross line and inflame others. Let’s reserve our condemnation before we hear from both sides.

  20. finfansince68 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:52 AM

    That’s IT ?

  21. devindenv says: Oct 19, 2016 10:53 AM

    $75,000????? How about 10 game suspension and take two Cincy draft-picks for “lack of organization discipline”?

  22. charger383 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:54 AM

    If it had been against a team besides New England the fine would have been more

  23. dpdonny says: Oct 19, 2016 10:54 AM

    NFL: Open Season on Pats Players.

  24. upyoursnfu says: Oct 19, 2016 10:54 AM

    Pacman said Blount was just faking it

  25. kcchefs58 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    He’s clearly playing in the wrong era and the NFL keeps allowing it.

  26. ly008 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    “Integrity of game is of paramount importance”
    –Roger Goodell

  27. mc2479 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    Ridiculous. This is part of the reason rating are so low. Gronk-15yd ejection eligible personal foul for standing up for a team mate, but nothing from the refs for Burfict going after the knees of a player not recieving the ball. Blount 15yd penalty for shoving a player as he gets up from being stepped/stomped on, but nothing from the refs for Burfict doing the stepping/stomping. After having a chance to look at the tape the league decides to only fine him 75k as a repeat offender for doing the same thing Suh did and got a 2 game suspension. This league is a joke and they are to stupid to see that people are tired of watching.

  28. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    So, there you go. It WAS a stomp. Jones should have been fined as an instigator as well. They went out of their way to start sheerzit.

  29. jjconley says: Oct 19, 2016 10:56 AM

    The team believes it has an angle that shows there was no stomp? I think the most important factor is there is no angle that exists that shows there was ever a stomp.

    The All-22 shot shows both players hidden by other players. Another angle from behind, right of the play shows Burfict stepping over a Bengals player, Blount getting up, Burfict putting his hand in his face and Blount shoving him.

    So the NFL is saying you can get fined with zero evidence? that’s insane. We’re no longer watching a game that the players control.

  30. bengalsfreedom says: Oct 19, 2016 10:57 AM

    defenseless receivers have no specific protection against a hit to the knees. (Whether they should is a different issue.)

    ———————————————————–

    SO defenses can’t go low or high. Sounds like a great position to take.

  31. futures44 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:57 AM

    Arizona State kicked him off the team. The guy is the dirtiest player in the NFL right now.

  32. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 19, 2016 10:57 AM

    Good, mess with my 4 time SB Champion Patriots pal and you’ll pay not only on the field but off it as well.
    Hope to see you in the playoffs however the Bungals never get past wildcard weekend so its quite unlikely.

  33. patriots123456 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:57 AM

    I think this is around his 8th offense.

    He doesn’t seem to be getting the message.

  34. doritodink14 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:58 AM

    No suspension for a repeat offender? This is why we do not watch the NFL anymore.

  35. scw1993 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:59 AM

    This punk is going to cost someone their career, and nothing is done about it. Didn’t he take out Bell for half a season, injure B Ben, and concuss Antonio Brown? 345 Park Ave is giving their tacit approval of his actions by not suspending him for increasing infractions. Going for Bennett’s knees, and stomping on Blount; player safety and the shield, joke of an organization. No wonder ratings are down.

  36. BobbyHanks63 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:59 AM

    Roger Goodell’s

    Roger Goodell’s hypocrisy continues as NFL fans react by not watching or attending games. Perhaps they are or may be trying to send a message to the NFL owners that we do not like what we have seen from ownership these last many years. I can only hope that this slide in attendance to NFL games will increase and continue to send the right message as so many were doing last year on this pages and have now put their money where their mouth is. Roger Goodell unfortunately still does not get it but maybe ownership will see the light of lost revenue and start to realize they are shooting themselves in the foot and a leg as one of the league’s players did last summer namely Aqib Talib.

  37. msstiller58 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:00 AM

    He is way beyond fines. He need time off…a LOT of time off. Like forever.

  38. Irsay's Bong says: Oct 19, 2016 11:00 AM

    Roger’s NFL, full of lies & double standards.

  39. lifetimefan says: Oct 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    With the ball arriving as Burfict dove……………

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    The ball was arriving to Amendola at about the 49, Bennett was at the 35. Bufict dove at a players knees who was not clearly NOT involved in the play. This one is really obvious, the NFL is not protecting their players.

  40. granadafan says: Oct 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    Suspend him immediately.

  41. lioninthehouse says: Oct 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    I am NOT defending Burfict — he’s clearly got a problem and I’m not sure he’s got the brain-cells to understand how to correct his play. Frankly, he’s a detriment to the game AND himself.

    What I will point out is that today’s tight ends are getting HUGE (6’5″” and 285 pounds), and you cannot go high, so per the rules, you gotta go low because if you go mid-section, you’ll be swatted away like a mosquito. You can’t form-tackle these guys when they’re barreling at you in the open field — what do you do? Short of wrapping and being dragged and holding on for dear life until help arrives, what do you do?

    So, what’s the answer? Bigger safeties? OK, then you’ll have even more brain-jarring collisions. Weight limits? What is the NFL now, Pop Warner with striped helmets?

    I’m not sure. The game’s evolving and this issue isn’t going away. In my day (I’m 50), you WANTED to play defense and you form-tackled. Today? You couldn’t pay me enough to cover and try to tackle these big bodies — because with the largess of these big offensive bodies, you’re putting your own health at risk just trying to tackle these guys.

  42. marcuswelby1 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    If the situation was reversed, and Blunt had stomped on Burfict, he would have been fined 100k with a two game suspension because…(drum roll) he plays for the Patriots!

  43. lifetimefan says: Oct 19, 2016 11:04 AM

    It is more probable than not that Goodell is doing a terrible job.

  44. intrafinesse says: Oct 19, 2016 11:07 AM

    Vontaze is a tough dude, and plays with passion. More players need that, though he does step over the line now and then.

    75K is enough, it will get his attention. And its not like Blount is a model citizen either.

  45. whispersd says: Oct 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    “I am NOT defending Burfict ”

    followed by several paragraphs of excuses.

    Look, you’re ignoring the main issue here: Bennett didn’t even have the ball. Talking about whether it’s necessary to go high or go low to tackle somebody is irrelevant when the guy doesn’t have the ball.

    And Burfict is 6’1″ 248 lbs. He’s a big guy. He doesn’t need to go low to tackle people.

  46. Don Humphrey says: Oct 19, 2016 11:10 AM

    Wake up owners – your golden goose is being laid to waste.

  47. lifetimefan says: Oct 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    I am NOT defending Burfict — he’s clearly got a problem and I’m not sure he’s got the brain-cells to understand how to correct his play. Frankly, he’s a detriment to the game AND himself.

    What I will point out is that today’s tight ends are getting HUGE (6’5″” and 285 pounds), and you cannot go high, so per the rules, you gotta go low because if you go mid-section, you’ll be swatted away like a mosquito. You can’t form-tackle these guys when they’re barreling at you in the open field — what do you do? Short of wrapping and being dragged and holding on for dear life until help arrives, what do you do?

    So, what’s the answer? Bigger safeties? OK, then you’ll have even more brain-jarring collisions. Weight limits? What is the NFL now, Pop Warner with striped helmets?

    I’m not sure. The game’s evolving and this issue isn’t going away. In my day (I’m 50), you WANTED to play defense and you form-tackled. Today? You couldn’t pay me enough to cover and try to tackle these big bodies — because with the largess of these big offensive bodies, you’re putting your own health at risk just trying to tackle these guys.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I agree to a point, with today’s player size, speed, and rules regarding hits to the head aiming low is almost a necessity. What the NFL should do is invest money into developing knee braces that will help to prevent this without effecting a players speed.

    Beyond that however, it appears that Burfict was going low so early he did not know that the ball was going somewhere else. There should be a fine, and with him a suspension, for this

  48. 2dollarpbrs says: Oct 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    The NFL is a joke. And they wonder why the tv rating are down?

  49. whispersd says: Oct 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    The NFL front office needs a giant enema. They simply are incapable of admitting that somebody did something wrong to somebody on the Patriots.

    This slap on the wrist is a sign of a deeply dysfunctional leadership (sic) team.

    It’s almost as if the NFL is encouraging other teams to take dirty shots at the Patriots.

  50. whispersd says: Oct 19, 2016 11:13 AM

    75K is enough, it will get his attention. And its not like Blount is a model citizen either.

    Wait – a 3-game suspension didn’t get his attention but a $75k fine will? And who gives a damn if Blount is or isn’t a model citizen. Is this the WWE? Do we have different tiers of citizens? If somebody isn’t one of the league’s golden boys, it’s OK to stomp on him?

  51. daddeeo says: Oct 19, 2016 11:14 AM

    YOU GOT OWNED Burfict. Deal with it. Poor sport.

  52. patriots123456 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:14 AM

    So his last offenses were bad enough to warrant a 3 game suspension.

    Now he commits 2 offenses in one game and only gets a fine? GREAT

    The play against Bennett was on the total opposite side of the field that the pass was thrown on.

    He wasn’t even flagged for clipping, never mind intent to injure…

  53. connfyoozed says: Oct 19, 2016 11:14 AM

    Absolutely absurd that he isn’t suspended. He tried to end Bennett’s career. There is no other way to state it. Diving at a guy’s knees when the ball isn’t coming to him and the player is totally unaware is trying to end a guy’s career.

  54. kapy01 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:14 AM

    lol shocking. NYC looks the other way when its against the Pats.

  55. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    The team believes it has an angle that shows there was no stomp. Regardless, Blount reacted to something Burfict did.
    ————————————-

    Ah, so now they’re going to start meting out punishment based on “reaction”. What’s next? intent?

  56. sml1210 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:17 AM

    “With the ball arriving as Burfict dove, the clearly dirty hit was not illegal; defenseless receivers have no specific protection against a hit to the knees.”

    The ball was no where near Bennett. It went 10 yards further downfield and to Bennett’s right. There was no play on the ball for Burfict to make.

    Call it what it was – a cheap shot from a cheap shot artist. Burfict is lucky he still has two knees to walk on.

  57. ezwriter69 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    ZERO credibility for this league and this commissioner. TRULY concerned about player safety? Then kick this walking assault and battery case off the field for good. The only reason he plays is because he gets to hurt people.. I don’t think he even cares if he gets paid, so longer as he gets to hurt people.
    When he paralyzes someone, and the league is sued and exposed and diminished, the finger points at one man and one man only.

  58. tylawspick6 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    looks like goodell does not choose to use “article 46”

    the best is cyrus jones ejected last week for doing othing other than defending himself during a blindside, away from the play cheapshot
    by andrew hawkins.

    so somehow, some way diving at people’s knees from a blindside cheapshot position is just fine and dandy per goodell

  59. mborz says: Oct 19, 2016 11:20 AM

    intrafinesse says:

    75K is enough, it will get his attention.

    ————————–

    Even though it was always recognized that he had first round talent, he ended up being undrafted because of concerns about his behavior.

    That didn’t get his attention.

    He was fined multiple times for his behavior (including after the whistle nonsense like twisting ankles).

    That didn’t get his attention.

    He was suspended for 3 games, and that didn’t get his attention, either.

    Not sure how any reasonable person could think that a 75k fine is going to have any influence on him at this point.

  60. whispersd says: Oct 19, 2016 11:21 AM

    “The team believes it has an angle that shows there was no stomp? I think the most important factor is there is no angle that exists that shows there was ever a stomp.”

    Yeah, let’s make arguments based on hypothetical evidence. I mean, after all, the NFL set this precedent last year.

  61. churchofthehoody says: Oct 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    So, what’s the answer?
    _________________________________

    Tackle like a man, same answer it always has been…

    Or do you really think a 6’1 250 lb linebacker is just too small, weak and pathetic to form tackle a 6’6 TE???

    I remember when men acted like men, but that seems like a long time ago now…

  62. jjconley says: Oct 19, 2016 11:23 AM

    He wasn’t even flagged for clipping, never mind intent to injure…
    ——————

    The problem is the NFL has too many fans that have no clue what the rules are or how the game is played. Clipping? Really?

    It’s early, and this thread is already filled with people who hate facts and logic. Oh wait…I’m at PFT.

  63. sml1210 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    jjconley says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:56 AM

    “So the NFL is saying you can get fined with zero evidence? that’s insane. We’re no longer watching a game that the players control.”

    Oh, no, the NFL says for “zero evidence” you get a four game suspension, lose a 1st and a 4th and get a $1 million fine.

  64. jchipwood says: Oct 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:18 AM
    looks like goodell does not choose to use “article 46”

    the best is cyrus jones ejected last week for doing othing other than defending himself during a blindside, away from the play cheapshot
    by andrew hawkins.

    so somehow, some way diving at people’s knees from a blindside cheapshot position is just fine and dandy per goodell
    _________________________________________
    Don’t forget Kraft is the reason Goodell makes so much.

  65. whispersd says: Oct 19, 2016 11:25 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:51 AM
    People are so quick to judge a player but we don’t know what really went on the field. People say things that cross line and inflame others. Let’s reserve our condemnation before we hear from both sides.

    Where was this attitude when Brady was being prosecuted for fake evidence?

    Let’s recap:
    Colts allege cheating, evidence shows no cheating, Brady suspended for four games.

    Burfict first targets Bennett’s knee on a play when he wasn’t even the receiver. Later he stomps on Blount’s foot after a TD. (Why is Burfict even wading into the pile?)

    And your argument is that maybe it’s OK because maybe the Pats were trash-talking?

    Could you possibly be more biased??

    Do you work for the league office?

  66. zombiepatriot says: Oct 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    He should have also been fined for the hit to the knees of Bennett. It seems to me he is a big individual who could have hit and wrapped up Bennett around the upper body then again that is what a man does where sad humans like Burfict dive at the legs.

    Don’t get me wrong. I know I see Patriots players dive for the legs from time to time and it drives me nuts. Hit and hold like a man. I get sick and tired of seeing the try for a big hit or a dive at the legs only to see the runner keep on trucking.

    Either way… Burfict is garbage and at some point if you’ve fined a guy 9 times maybe you need to just start suspending and lengthening the suspension each time until he is out of the league (then again you would be doing real punishment for an action and not the outcome). Especially do it before someone gets seriously hurt again.

  67. oiler1980 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    If Bennett got hurt on that hit this guy would be suspended
    indefinitely.

    So I guess now it has to be so flagrant you have to get carted off.

    Double standard is glaring when it comes to the Pats these days.

    The front office of the NFL needs to be replaced. Every last one of them.

    The owners better wake up soon or it will be too late.

  68. factschecker says: Oct 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    As a Patriot fan myself I have to ask my fellow Pats fans….

    Shouldn’t we (Pats fans) be the last fans demanding someone be suspended? 75K is a huge fine. Probably the biggest fine of week 6 and perhaps the season so far. 75K seems like the right fine for the crime to me.

  69. bonitalocal says: Oct 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    jjconley says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:56 AM

    So the NFL is saying you can get fined with zero evidence? that’s insane. We’re no longer watching a game that the players control.

    ————————————————————

    Really? Are you really asking that question?
    Where have you been for the last two years?

  70. Frum Slum says: Oct 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    So is Burfict worst than Suh now?

  71. ggreen657 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:37 AM

    You can tamper with the Patriots players (especially if you own the Jets) and you can cheap shot them as well, and it is met with a slap on the wrist from the league. It’s really become laughable, even to non Patriots fans. I’m actually surprised that Gronkowski or Blount didn’t get a game for their response to the dirty play.

  72. richndc says: Oct 19, 2016 11:37 AM

    75 G’s for stomping on a blunt? thats rough yall!

  73. dsigrey says: Oct 19, 2016 11:37 AM

    The league just gave permission for him to dive at every players in the leagues knees. Congratulations Roger, one more step towards making the league safer for it’s players.

    As we all know the ball was thrown to the side of the field and Bennett was not part of the play. This was the very definition of a dirty play.

    As for the stomp. The play was over and Burfict high stepped into the pile in order to stomp on Blount. He didn’t go in to help a player up or anything else like that. It’s rather obvious why the career rule breaker went in the pile.

  74. adultsportfan says: Oct 19, 2016 11:39 AM

    Jon Runyan is now the NFL exec with the job of imposing discipline for on-field misconduct? Are you kidding? What, was Jack Tatum not available for the job?

  75. kamthechancellor says: Oct 19, 2016 11:39 AM

    Lol…I’m actually starting to like Burfict. He’s so old school you millenials don’t know that this is what football was like when it became a national obsession in the 70s. Now it’s just a cryfest each week when you complain about how many flags got thrown.

  76. nhpats says: Oct 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    niners816 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM
    nhpats says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:41 AM
    Having to play for the Bengals is punishment enough.
    —————-
    Playing for the Niners would be an execution. I’m a Niners fan, but we suck ass. We are the Browns of the west. Actually, the Browns did beat us last year. I know this has nothing to do with the article, I just wanted everyone to know that right now it’s depressing being a Niners fan with a college coach as the head coach, the worst defense ever, the worst coordinators ever, the worst gm ever, and the biggest tool owner in the NFL.

    ——————

    Chin up man…..at least the 49ers have won championships in the past. It could be worse…..you could be a Bengals or Bills fan!

  77. dreadnok89 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    Ehh, the scouting report said to violent for the nfl, so what u gonna do. On a side note didn’t he almost get paralyzed by Andrew luck

  78. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    They fined Edelman for getting his pinky caught in the defenders plexyshield as the defender threw him on his head by his facemask.

  79. kovodisc says: Oct 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    jjconley says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:56 AM
    The team believes it has an angle that shows there was no stomp? I think the most important factor is there is no angle that exists that shows there was ever a stomp.

    The All-22 shot shows both players hidden by other players. Another angle from behind, right of the play shows Burfict stepping over a Bengals player, Blount getting up, Burfict putting his hand in his face and Blount shoving him.

    So the NFL is saying you can get fined with zero evidence? that’s insane. We’re no longer watching a game that the players control.

    ———————————————————

    That’s exactly what the NFL is saying…and exactly what the NFL did to the Patriots during deflategate!

  80. beelicker says: Oct 19, 2016 11:46 AM

    From the e-22 action shot it’s clear that #6o of the Patriots hooked & jerked Blount’s left foot from behind getting off the pile

    & #92 Pat Sims of the Bengals was simultaneously sitting on the back of Blount’s legs there & pushed himself up off the ground, possibly applying more pressure to Blount (struggling to push himself up)

    It’s clear that Blount was reacting to both of these actions * before* Burfict stepped around #99 Margus Hunt in to where Blount was already turning around

    From the sideline angle Burfict’s right foot very clearly contact’s only the ground & Blount was already reacting before Burfict’s left foot came down anywhere

  81. joetoronto says: Oct 19, 2016 11:49 AM

    Just another turnoff, just more declining ratings.

  82. ibottpsgoldpants says: Oct 19, 2016 11:50 AM

    Go high = fine
    Go low = fine
    Go middle = TD

    Defenders just can’t win.

  83. patfanken says: Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    Burfects dive at Bennet’s knees was one of the worst examples of an unnecessary cheap shot in my over 50 years of watching this game. It was a deliberate attempt to end someone’s career. PERIOD.

    The fact that this wasn’t an isolated incident just points out Goodell’s SELECTIVE justice system. He just doesn’t get it, and never will.

    VERY fortunately for the Pats, they won’t see Burfect any more this season, however, because of Goodell’s complete lack of integrity, there will be 10 teams who WILL have to pray they don’t lose someone at the hands of that psychopath with pads. Goodell has just given him a license to maim.

    And THIS is the league we follow. Games in Las Vegas, London and China? How soon before news leaks out that the owners of the WWE are buying a franchise.

  84. whocares69 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    They’re not fining Blount for going under the Facemask and trying to eye gouge the Bengals player … Wow They have VIDEO proof of that

  85. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    The tears of Pats fans… what a delicious treat today.

    There is good slo-mo video from behind the play (to the left side of the video Reiss posted) showing Burfict didn’t step on anyone. But you whiners won’t go find it when there is a good character assassination in progress.

  86. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Oct 19, 2016 11:56 AM

    “That’s exactly what the NFL is saying…and exactly what the NFL did to the Patriots during deflategate!”

    Are you surprised at how quickly Patriots fans have hopped onto the bus that ran them over in that situation?

  87. beelicker says: Oct 19, 2016 12:00 PM

    Again, from the EZ-22 shot, #55 Burfict is working to unpile first #99 Hunt & then #92 Sims of the Bengals … to clear a way for the struggling #29 Blount to get up

    #6o Andrews of the Patriots fairly violently jerks Blount’s left ankle with his foot (in pulling away from the pile) as Sims pushes backward getting up off where he was *sitting on the back* of Blount’s ankles, effectively blocking Burfict from contacting Blount (Burfict with his left hand directs the sitting Sims’s helmet away to the side & up off & away from Blount)

    Blount was reacting to that contact of both Andrews & Sims before Burfict’s left foot ever could have contacted anything (Burfict was stepping around the rising #92 Sims to what appears to be offering Blount a hand up)

  88. brooksyspecial says: Oct 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    What is this “when the ball arrived” nonsense? Brady didn’t even pass the ball to Bennett on that dirty leg shot. You don’t need an All-22 angle to see that. As usual the NFL could care less about player safety.

  89. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    Lol the Patriots were shredded for being “repeat” offenders of cheating accusations. This guy is fresh off a suspension for KOing Antonio Brown and he tries to take out Bennetts knee and steps on Blount. I get Goodell hates NE but how the hell does he not get suspended again? To punish him in the slightest is an acknowledgement he did something wrong, for it to be this light compared to his last punishment makes no sense.

  90. easyeintennessee says: Oct 19, 2016 12:03 PM

    Wow, surprised at the number of cry babies here. I guess the Patriots success has made them soft.

    Tez has a history you cannot ignore, but there also isnt any footage of a stomp. The mainstream media, and especially ESPN, has embarrassed themselves for going on and on about a stomp you cant even see. A ref was standing right there looking at Tez and didnt throw a flag so its likely there wasnt any stop. Blount freaked out because Tez may have been pushing on him some but just because PFT, ESPN, and some fan beat writer for the Pats said it was a stomp, doesn’t change the truth. You can go back to acting like little girls now.

  91. kovodisc says: Oct 19, 2016 12:05 PM

    thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM
    The tears of Pats fans… what a delicious treat today.

    There is good slo-mo video from behind the play (to the left side of the video Reiss posted) showing Burfict didn’t step on anyone. But you whiners won’t go find it when there is a good character assassination in progress.

    ————————————————————–
    LOL…tears? Nonsense….just another log added to the fire that is the hatred of Goodell/Blandino and their utterly blatant disregard for anything logical or that good ole “I” word they like to toss around so much.

    Safe to assume that you didn’t say squat about the witch hunt that was deflategate and you were totally cool with their proceedings.

  92. whywerule says: Oct 19, 2016 12:06 PM

    thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM
    The tears of Pats fans… what a delicious treat today….

    I don’t see any Pats fans be crying over defeating your Bengals 35-17 on Sunday.

    Some fans, a variety of teams fans, not just Pats fans as your lie seemed to imply, are complaining that a $75,000 fine for Burfict is too little, some fans, Bengals and other teams including Pats fans, are complaining that the fine is too much.

    No tears.

  93. beelicker says: Oct 19, 2016 12:10 PM

    @patfanken … if you actually watch the slowmo of the video, Burfict bites on Brady’s pump fake as if the pass fake *was* going to Bennett & he appears to be trying to pull off contact with head down going to the ground, as if having lost his balance (as Dan Fouts observed IRT on the CBS broadcast) … there was no ‘dive at the knee’

    #24 Jones of the Bengals actually knocks Bennett backwards over the falling Burfict (who appears to be trying to avoid *hard* contact, in falling) in what turns out to be a pretty close approximation of the classic “3 Stooges kneeling takedown”

  94. kovodisc says: Oct 19, 2016 12:10 PM

    “A ref was standing right there looking at Tez and didnt throw a flag so its likely there wasnt any stop.”

    Just like the ref that was standing “right there” when Duke Johnson recovered the fumble and clearly had the ball in his hand within a second of the fumble, only to say the opposing team had the ball….and Blandino had the nerve to agree. LOL.

    The refs are trash and you know it.

  95. carloswlassiter says: Oct 19, 2016 12:26 PM

    thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM
    The tears of Pats fans… what a delicious treat today….
    ————————————————————
    What a strange comment.

    The Patriots beat a fired up Bengal team by 18 points, and now that Burfict has not been suspended he can go happily on his way to maiming players on others teams that NE might actually see in the playoffs.

  96. icanthink4myself says: Oct 19, 2016 12:37 PM

    With the ball arriving as Burfict dove, the clearly dirty hit was not illegal
    —————————————
    didn’t the ball arrive to a completely different player?

  97. johnnycantread says: Oct 19, 2016 12:46 PM

    ♪ “The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol
    When they do the Bristol Stomp.” ♪

  98. jcozumel says: Oct 19, 2016 12:48 PM

    “A ref was standing right there looking at Tez and didnt throw a flag so its likely there wasnt any stop.”
    and two refs were standing right behind Bennett and psycho who started running at MB from five yards away before he went into a helmet first dive.. and didn’t throw a flag ,..so it’s more likely than not that nothing happened there either. NFL trying to create parity by ruining someone’s career / life.
    Owners fire that moron Goodell ,.. do something with integrity.

  99. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 19, 2016 12:49 PM

    I completely agree that cheap shots to knees are unacceptable. But with all of the other new (and often pointless) regulations, where are guys supposed to hit and tackle?

    Soon we’ll have 4-inch LED squares on the players’ waists; if they don’t light up when a guy hits them it’s a fine and ejection.

    Niners816, hang tough, you’ll be back eventually. I look forward to the return of our NFC-W rivalry, playing hard-fought games and raising each other’s level of play.

    And hopefully we don’t underestimate you when you come to Seattle; you do have a few playmakers still, and no better reminder of “any given Sunday” than a division matchup, especially with a chance to spoil a playoff run.

  100. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 19, 2016 1:00 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:24 AM
    tylawspick6 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:18 AM
    looks like goodell does not choose to use “article 46”

    the best is cyrus jones ejected last week for doing othing other than defending himself during a blindside, away from the play cheapshot
    by andrew hawkins.

    so somehow, some way diving at people’s knees from a blindside cheapshot position is just fine and dandy per goodell
    _________________________________________
    Don’t forget Kraft is the reason Goodell makes so much.

    Not the first time a guy has been stabbed n the back by someone for whom he did a solid? This only proves Kraft is a stand up guy and Goodell is pond scum. (Apologies to Pond Scum)

  101. Patskrieg says: Oct 19, 2016 1:03 PM

    “With the ball arriving…”

    THE BALL WAS 15 YARDS DOWNFIELD

  102. bruiser2015 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:14 PM

    I was pretty sure they weren’t going to suspend him. Not enough evidence and Goodell isn’t going to punish teams playing the Pats unless it’s super egregious.

    Part of being the best is that the League doesn’t have your back.

    ____________________________________

    I know where you are coming from. I will say that if there is not enough video evidence, then the NFL should not have fined him.

  103. greggallmansliver says: Oct 19, 2016 1:55 PM

    I don’t care what team you’re a fan of, if you think this is ok then get ready for yours. No consistency in how infractions are assessed or what the penalty will be.

  104. imodan says: Oct 19, 2016 2:17 PM

    So I was gonna say the Pats could get revenge when they meet the bengals again in the playoffs. Then I realized it was the bengals. Led by quite possibly the worst coach in playoff history and a team that never fails to let their fans down by underachieving. No way they sniff the playoffs this year. Lewis stating Burfict did nothing wrong cements it for me just how stupid a human being he really is. Ownership should be held responsible for continuing to keep that man employed in a leadership role. If there ever becomes a real basket of deplorables consider both Lewis and Burfict charter members.

  105. imodan says: Oct 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    easyeintennessee says:
    Oct 19, 2016 12:03 PM
    Wow, surprised at the number of cry babies here. I guess the Patriots success has made them soft.

    Tez has a history you cannot ignore, but there also isnt any footage of a stomp. The mainstream media, and especially ESPN, has embarrassed themselves for going on and on about a stomp you cant even see. A ref was standing right there looking at Tez and didnt throw a flag so its likely there wasnt any stop. Blount freaked out because Tez may have been pushing on him some but just because PFT, ESPN, and some fan beat writer for the Pats said it was a stomp, doesn’t change the truth. You can go back to acting like little girls now.
    ———————————————————-
    Soooooo the FACT he was fined for the stomp and not the knee shot means nothing to you? You must be close to your boy TEZ because your blind loyalty is surely showing. The NFL has different angles that the public didn’t see. BTW, who or what is this “mainstream media” you speak of? Would that be any media source you happen to not agree with?

  106. carloswlassiter says: Oct 19, 2016 2:33 PM

    Thank goodness Burfict wasn’t wearing Sparky Anderson tribute cleats during the stomp or he’d have been suspended for 3 games.

  107. Hitdog18 says: Oct 19, 2016 2:38 PM

    You cannot hit a defenseless receiver ….unless he’s a Patriot

  108. publikwerks says: Oct 19, 2016 2:55 PM

    The fine is bs. Either he did the stomp, and should be suspended, or he didn’t, and there should be no fine.

  109. 6superbowls says: Oct 19, 2016 3:01 PM

    Roger Goodell. The son of a US Senator. He truly believes we’re all stoopid…

  110. irishmanknowsall says: Oct 19, 2016 3:19 PM

    The difference between a dirty hit and an illegal hit is, what, exactly?

  111. jag1959 says: Oct 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    greggallmansliver says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM
    And nothing for the cheap shot on Bennett. Unbelievable. Suh #2
    ______________

    One should take into consideration what the Bennett brothers have said about Herr Goodell when considering the league’s evaluation of that cheap shot.

  112. eezyxyz says: Oct 19, 2016 3:30 PM

    Seems fair to me. I know Burfict is a difficult guy to give the benefit of the doubt to, but I think too much is being made of the hit on Bennett. When I watch the replay it seems clear that Burfict stumbles as he starts in towards Bennett and isn’t in complete control of the hit he puts on him. No comfort to Bennett, I’m sure, but I gotta say it looks accidental to me and not a deliberate cheap shot.

  113. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 19, 2016 3:48 PM

    In some late breaking news. Bufict fined $10.000 for cutting tags off of mattresses.

  114. whispersd says: Oct 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    “The difference between a dirty hit and an illegal hit is, what, exactly?

    An illegal hit is a hit that’s against the rules. A dirty hit is a hit that’s intended to injure somebody.

    There are illegal hits that are not dirty. For example, late hits on the QB, provided they’re not aimed at the head, knees, ankles, etc.

    And apparently, based on what the league thinks about the hit on Bennett, there are dirty hits that are not illegal.

  115. carloswlassiter says: Oct 19, 2016 4:25 PM

    I’m not clear on this point:

    The league fined him $75,000, so obviously they believe he intentionally stomped on another player.

    Is intentionally stomping on someone not a suspendable offense? If not, why not? It seems like an act solely intended to injure someone.

  116. mmmpierogi says: Oct 19, 2016 5:43 PM

    No clue how Bengals homers continue to rationalize and condone this guy’s behavior. I guess when the historically most mediocre team in the NFL is the only show in town, you’ll cheer for basically anything.

  117. limakey says: Oct 19, 2016 7:38 PM

    To all the Goodell bashers, have you ever consider holding the NFLPA accountable? The union is now going to blow this up and paint the NFL like the bad guy, just like when Suh stomped on Aaron Rogers and he won his appeal. These guys are attempting to injure their fellow union members and all the fans do is scream for Goodell’s head and blame him. When directly said that he wanted to change the culture of football and hold players accountable for their actions, as in Bountygate and Bullygate, you the fan didn’t back him. It is the fans who are refusing to hold players accountable for their actions, unless one of these guys goes after one of your players, and then you care about player safety?! How about the players caring about player safety?

  118. 1historian says: Oct 19, 2016 7:52 PM

    The bengals have some talent but when crunch time comes they fold and revert back to whatever. They haven’t learned from last season against Pittsburgh, and they were like that before that and they haven’t changed.

    Lewjs stands there on the sideline putting up with it.

  119. chieffoley says: Oct 20, 2016 8:28 AM

    “With the ball arriving as Burfict dove” – no, the ball never arrived. The pass was to a different player 20 yards away. This was not a legal hit, it was at best an illegal block on a player that didn’t have the ball, was not a target of the pass, and had absolutely no chance of getting the ball. At worst it was a blatant attempt to injure a player and end their season.

  120. brooks33blog says: Oct 20, 2016 9:35 AM

    Albert Haynesworth got 6 games for his stomp, what’s different about what Burfict did?

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