No suspension for Vontaze Burfict

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Le'Veon Bell says he’s got to go. As it turns out, he’s going nowhere.

The NFL has decided not to suspend Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for kicking the head of Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com.

The decision seems a bit unusual, given that the NFL supposedly adheres to a system of progressive discipline in matters of this nature. The idea is that, with each additional violation, the punishment increases until the behavior changes.

Burfict served a three-game suspension last year for an illegal hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the 2015 playoffs, and Burfict served a three-game suspension this year (reduced from five) for an illegal hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in the preseason.

The fact that Nix wasn’t injured by the maneuver may have contributed to the outcome, but that really shouldn’t be the case. Inherently gratuitous and unsafe acts are inherently gratuitous and unsafe regardless of whether they inflict injury, and a kick to the head is a kick to the head, period.

Apparently, it’s not. And that makes it only harder to understand why the league does what it does when it does, when it comes to conduct that violates the rules and jeopardizes player safety.

50 responses to “No suspension for Vontaze Burfict

  1. Well Nix was thumping him all game long so I guess the silver lining is we get to see that one more time. What am I talking about he will definitely do something to be suspended by then

  2. This guy has had anger issues since college. His talent has allowed him to get this far without being forced to address them or suffer any real consequences.

  3. I just watched it for the first time, and it was pretty blatant. Should have been flagged & should have been suspended. Letting this slide after fining Steelers players last week for ticky-tac things proves the NFL bias.

  4. So what’s the difference between throwing a punch and a kick? As long as you don’t connect? I guess the NFL would rather not give out any punishment at all knowing there’s going to be an appeal anyway. They’re probably saving time and money for Elliot’s case.

    How bad would the NFL look if Burfict loses his temper in the very game and injures someone or takes another cheap shot.

  5. If he would’ve kicked at a player on the Patriots, he would have been banished for life. Since he’s a multiple-time offender, he should have got a minimum of 5 games. Absolutely ridiculous

  6. Perhaps the league felt that the Steelers effectively eliminating the Bungles from any real expectation of playoff contention in Week #7 was penalty enough.

  7. Roger has no prob with this. But he did find that Belichick missed dotting an “I” on the injury report, he’s working on which round draft pick they’ll have to sacrifice.

  8. Make up call from the bull suspension from preseason. Not sure why everyone is shocked consistency in player punishment doesn’t exist in the league.

  9. keiselsbeard says:
    October 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    If he would’ve kicked at a player on the Patriots, he would have been banished for life. Since he’s a multiple-time offender, he should have got a minimum of 5 games. Absolutely ridiculous
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    Last year when Cincinnati came to Foxboro Burfict stomped on Blount’s leg and was fined something like 50K. No suspension though.

  10. You just know that when Mr. Burfict retires he will be in legal trouble. Hey, perhaps we should start a pool on how long that will take.

  11. dangguy says:
    October 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    You just know that when Mr. Burfict retires he will be in legal trouble.
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    Has he been in legal trouble before now?

  12. Looks like Bell is wrong again. Just cant get rid of that pesky Vontaze. The fact the Steelers hate getting a shot of their own medicine is very amusing. Its how this thing between these two teams got started. The bengals hit em back.

  13. I noticed that the Steelers who executed helmet-to-helmet hits to Gio Bernard and Joe Mixon weren’t suspended either…not to even mention the one who dove knees-first into Dalton’s ribs after he slid.

  14. I’m no Burfict fan, but it was pretty weak. Suh, Raiola and Robison all had much more egregious kicks.

  15. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    October 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    It’s funny that you guys keep calling that a kick

    When you thrust your leg out and your foot connects with another guys head, what else are you supposed to call it?

  16. vottorific says:
    October 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    Looks like Bell is wrong again. Just cant get rid of that pesky Vontaze. The fact the Steelers hate getting a shot of their own medicine is very amusing. Its how this thing between these two teams got started. The bengals hit em back.

    The Bengals hit em back….after the play is over. And it cost them a playoff game 2 years ago. Haha vottorific, you know all about losing being a fan of the of the worst franchises in sports over the last 20 years.

  17. steeldominance says:
    October 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm
    joshhatesthesteelers says:
    October 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    It’s funny that you guys keep calling that a kick
    When you thrust your leg out and your foot connects with another guys head, what else are you supposed to call it?
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    A push. Just like when you thrust out your arm and extend your elbows and your hand connects with another guys body it’s a push, not a punch.

  18. No suspension for Burfict but Sendejo gets a one game suspension for a hard tackle? At least the NFL is consistent in their punishment.

  19. If anyone other than Bell campaigns for Burfict’s suspension it probably gets done. Commish doesn’t like Bell either….lol. So, thank Bell cause he’s probably the one who saved Tez.

  20. Sigh…. Nix commits unnecessary roughness by pushing Burfict back on the pile long after the play is over. Burfict kicks out at empty air, and Nix correctly gets warned to stop that behavior. Burfict has a rep, so he gets the extra scrutiny. Refs did their jobs, and the Steelers continue to be the dirtiest franchise in the NFL. Too bad the league office likes the Steelers – but then I guess it would be hard to play a game with half of your team suspended for dirty plays. I get it.

  21. The dirtiest illegal hit to the head in the game was Davis on Mixon. A clear personal foul, but not called. Then again a total of 1 penalty called against the Steelers so it is not a surprise. The penalty was put in place by the NFL because of Shazier.

    The week before Mitchell had two penalties worth a suspension and he gets a fine that set him back about the same as wearing illegal socks. The Vikes guy got a game suspension for the same. Mitchell’s history is worse than Burfict’s. That was at least the third guy concussed with a crown of the helmet hit by Mitchell. Only players on high Q score teams could get away with it.

    In the game Nix took several shots at Burfict after the whistle to rile him up. He took the bait on that one.

    This is not deflecting, but pointing out the selective outrage by the media, the commisioner and by Bell himself. Clean up your own headhunting team first. That and stop being a baby about getting hurt on a form tackle by Burfict.

    The grand irony is that if Burfict was a Steeler, he would be lauded as “physical” and media darling.

  22. Playing on the Bungles is punishment enough for Burfict. Man, I can’t believe Lewis is still coaching these clowns. I wish brain-surgeon PacMan would have played last Sunday, too.

  23. I don’t care if it was a kick, or a push with his foot. The inherent issue with the NFL is it’s inconsistency with these types of things. Mike Mitchell is a repeat offender and although his hit on Alex Smith was way more malicious, the NFL took note of his past and fined him. Vontez Burfict is a repeat offender as well. And although this incident doesn’t look that bad, you still don’t kick someone in the head or whatever you wanna say he did. Especially with his history of dirty plays. I will say I look forward to the second meeting between these two teams. You can always be sure that Burfict will reiterate why we all hate him so much.

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