Burfict to be fined $25,000 for twisting ankles against Panthers

AP

The Panthers aren’t happy with Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.  The Panthers contend — fully supported by indisputable visual evidence — that Burfict twisted the ankles of quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen at the conclusion of plays during Sunday’s 37-37 tie.

Per a league source, Burfict will be fined a total of $25,000 for the infractions.  Burfict wasn’t penalized during the game.

Olsen has called for Burfict to be suspended.  While that usually doesn’t happen unless a player has an extended history of on-field violations, post-whistle misconduct can result in severe repercussions, if egregious (Ndamukong Suh stomping on the arm of Evan Dietrich-Smith) and/or injurious (Albert Haynesworth stomping with a cleat on the exposed forehead of Andre Gurode).

For Burfict, the fines put him a step closer to suspension, if similar conduct occurs in the future.  That probably won’t be enough to placate the Panthers — and it definitely won’t do anything to erase the perception that Burfict is a dirty player.

96 responses to “Burfict to be fined $25,000 for twisting ankles against Panthers

  1. He deserved the fine. Now he needs to learn from it. But don’t think for a minute he was the only one doing this.

  2. Fines mean next to nothing for these guys. Go straight for the suspension. There needs to be a zero-tolerance policy on targeting someone with a known injury. Wanna play dirty? Then you don’t play at all.

  3. Now every cheap shot or giving some guy “the business” shall be tattled upon. The league will review the tape and determine that yes that guy did cup-check someone while fighting for a fumble.

  4. This is who he is, a dirty player. Go back and watch him in his college days. Dirty dirty player. He will continue to do this and continue to try to hide it. Refs need to keep an eye on this guy

  5. He very is a dirty player, perhaps the dirtiest in the league right now. This probably won’t be the last we hear of him either, since this behavior goes back to college for him. A good football player and a good teammate by most accounts – but one with very poor sportsmanship and no honor whatsoever.

  6. wear your socks incorrectly = $11,000 fine

    deliberately twist two players’ ankles with an obvious aim of causing injury = $25,000 fine ($12,500 per ankle twist)

    the negative media attention is a bigger punishment than the fine, but neither will stop him from pulling this kind of B.S. again.

  7. ‘Perception’ of being a dirty player? HE IS A DIRTY PLAYER. There are several instances on tape of his dirty actions. He has been a dirty player all of the way thru college! Check out the number of personal fouls that have been called on this jerk

    How much does he make? $25,000 fine is a pittance! He should be suspended IMMEDIATELY before someone is seriously hurt!

    I am more disappointed in the NFLPA and DeMaurice Smith in the way they have weaseled out on this!!!

  8. This seems an incredible opportunity for the NFL/Goodell to make a strong statement about on-the-field violence in the midst of the current off-the-field violence. The fine and the video say “guilty”, the lack of a ten game suspension say not-so-much. (Another) missed opportunity.

  9. Still dissapointed that Marvin Lewis acted as if he knew nothing about it. You really gonna let that go on Marv? As a fan I already have the “here we go again” Bengals let down coming on.

  10. So you get suspended for smoking pot, but not for purposefully injuring players? The league & NFLPA really needs to tighten up and make clear legible rules for players and fans to understand.

  11. What a joke. The Saints had coaches, GMs, and players suspended for 8 games and entire seasons for mere “trash talk” about hurting people with hard, legal hits…and here we have a guy literally TRYING to hurt people and there is video evidence of it, and all he gets is a $25k fine?!

  12. Good decision NFL. Despite two previous fines for dirty play and detailed pics/video of his play Sunday, leave him alone and let him pay a tiny fraction of his salary that he can then write off as tax deduction. Maybe if he takes out Luck or Brees the next few weeks the NFL will pay attention.

  13. thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Oct 15, 2014 10:58 AM
    Deserved. No need for Steeler-ball in this town.

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    I’ll take some Steeler-ball in this town. They’ve won Suoer Bowls. We haven’t watched a playoff win in 20 plus years.

  14. The last I checked, there is a code among NFL players.

    When someone does something like this, usually there is an offensive line who “accidently” administers a chop block that sends a responding message.

    Winning is great. If you have to damage another guy’s career and life in order to do it…

    I would like to hear Burfict come out and say he did it, has thought it out, and will not do it again. He crossed the line.

    Once again, the fine line between trying to increase the intensity to stamp your mark on the worlds most aggressive game, and doing things the “right way” is tough to balance.

  15. I would agree with a 1 game suspension.

    Trying to intentionally hurt a player while laying on the ground is just dirty and nasty. There is no room for that in todays NFL. $25,000 isnt going to stop players from that type of behavior if they can knock a superstar out of a game and get a win.

    A suspension, on the other hand, will. If players know theyre going to be out of games and hurt their team, and their wallet, you will get a different reaction.

    I dont think this fine will do much.

  16. I’m shocked! Shocked I tell ya! After all, he was SUCH an angel in college. All those personal fouls must have been misunderstandings after all.

  17. We’ve got players deliberately causing injuries and fans cheering them. Let’s hope we can get the Commissioner involved.
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  18. Many players do it. But he twisted too much and it was blatant.

    Veterans give it a slight twist under a pile. Not try to rip a foot off in the END ZONE with all the cameras focused on you dummy.

  19. Dude was fined and will be watched more closely now. If you don’t think the penalty was severe enough get over yourselves. Player didn’t determine it, and the 1/2 pound of flesh is going to have to suffice. You’d think he committed murder by some of these comments.

  20. Funny how he only does it against teams the Bengals probably won’t play again that season. That’s the sign of a true hero.

  21. mburkett1980 says:
    Oct 15, 2014 11:10 AM
    What a joke. The Saints had coaches, GMs, and players suspended for 8 games and entire seasons for mere “trash talk” about hurting people with hard, legal hits…and here we have a guy literally TRYING to hurt people and there is video evidence of it, and all he gets is a $25k fine?!

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    This summed it up in better wording than I could. Ive back Goodell, but I am rapidly getting off of this train wreck.

  22. He will be fined 25k, until the media and fans cry outrage, then he will be suspended and cut, and then the electric chair.

  23. No need for Steeler-ball in this town.
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    I wouldn’t worry about that happening.

  24. But…there is video evidence. Did he agree to attend cronic ankle twister counseling? if a new video emerges will we swing the other way and suspend him for life?

  25. So deliberately trying to injure with video proof is a $12,500 fine.

    Wearing non approved headphones is a $10,000 fine.

    Got it, Goodell must go.

  26. I’m concerned that our defense seems to have lost discipline since Mike Zimmer left. #Zimmerismissed.

  27. Eaglesnoles05. Nice post. But if they would cut him 31 others teams would love to grab him before he gets to the electric chair. Nice to see a fan from another city get it.

  28. Goodell is a doofus. This should have resulted in a suspension for the rest of the season and a heavy fine included. $25,000.00 is chump change to these guys. With all the NFL crap about player safety, (Goodell again) then the NFL wimps out because it fears the wrath of the NFLPA and the Bengals organization. What a bunch of wimps.

  29. No kidding… he’ll be fined when Wallace Gilberry does a Gatorade commercial I guess. Burfict’s fine was completely appropriate as would have been any penalty flags thrown. Burfict deserves it and needs to stop with that after the whistle garbage. That said, all the mellow dramatic whining by the Panther players and people calling for him to be suspended is ridiculous. It was childish, but there were far more violent acts on nearly every play. Burfict lying on his back trying to turn an ankle is a little ridiculous considering multiple 275 lb guys are throwing their entire body at the same ankle almost every play. Greg Olson playing the victim is a joke… if you are injured, stay off the field. There are no eggshell rules in football. Both of the Panther’s “hobbled” stars scored touchdowns. They called designed runs for their injured QB 17 times. If your own coach isn’t concerned about your injury, I’m not either.

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    When will the Panthers lineman who ripped Wallace Gilberrys helmet off and gashed his face be fined?

  30. The one question I ask. If he had severely injured one of their ankles and ended that players season or even just the play in that game, would he have been suspended?

    What more evidence of a dirty play trying to injure somebody do you really need?

    Fining a player who’s willing to do dirty after-the-whistle tactics is exactly what bountygate is all about.

    You cannot simply fine a player for that type of conduct, he already is willing to take a pay hit if he’s willing to do those things.

    Embarrassment to the NFL

  31. Its 25k now, but wait until Goodell finds out their is a video of this. The fine will change to an 8 game suspension at that point.

    Ol’Rog: ” No one in the NFL was informed of this video until now. We asked the Bengals and Panthers if there was any recording of this game but they just gave us a funny look”.

  32. Once again all the morons coming out calling for a season long suspension or even 6-10 games. You guys are unbelievable. Probably the same guys defending Rice saying his wife made him hit her. I agree he probably should have gotten at least a game plus a bigger fine. But to say he deserves a season long suspension or even 6 games is absurd. You realize how often this happens and nobody says anything? Not saying that makes it right but Burfict isn’t the only one doing this. This is no different than a chop block. It could be career ending and it was done on purpose. 6 games to a season?!?! Come on guys. Let’s be real here.

  33. That’s way worse than Bounty Gate. And all he gets is a $25k fine? That’s not playing at 110%. That’s openly trying to break the ankles of 2 star players in one game. That is a reflection of his coach, and Marvin better step up and do something about that.

  34. What a bunch of cry babies! If Burfict wanted to, he could have snapped both of their ankles in half. You want him suspended for a love tap? This is the NFL. If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. I want a little attidude from my linebackers. You’re either the butcher or the cow!

  35. Uniforms and money do not clean up a person’s character…it’s not too hard to believe some of the men that play this sport aren’t great people…take away the uniform and the money, it’s a great chance he would be in jail

  36. When will the Panthers lineman who ripped Wallace Gilberrys helmet off and gashed his face be fined
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    Very good question. Where’s the outrage?

  37. What a joke. He should have been suspended for the rest of the season without pay.

    Wouldn’t it be a shame if someone snapped his ankle at the bottom of a pile?

  38. Some of you are going way overboard. Fact is, both Newton and Olsen continued playing at a high level. He didn’t do any damage, and if he really was trying to “break ankles,” it would have happened, so take it down a notch. He got the punishment he deserved. Stop the lynch mob.

  39. r8rsfan says:
    Oct 15, 2014 11:27 AM
    Dude was fined and will be watched more closely now. If you don’t think the penalty was severe enough get over yourselves. Player didn’t determine it, and the 1/2 pound of flesh is going to have to suffice. You’d think he committed murder by some of these comments.

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    If he had ripped someones achilles, or caused a lis franc, or an upper ankle sprain, and one of those players missed 8-12 weeks, would you still feel like it wasnt a big deal? You cant treat it as a crime only if damage is done. Its the intent that matters. No, it wasnt murder, but he could have ended someones season quite easily.

  40. So. A guy gets suspended 2 games for beating the snot out of his ol lady and you want another guy suspended for an ankle twist? HAHAHAHA. Need some more cheese with that whine?

  41. I am a Bengal fan and this is exactly why Burfict has gotten some questionable personal fouls called on him. He pulls this crap and you won’t get the benefit of the doubt on other calls. You brought this on yourself Burfict. Hope you and the coaches address it immediately. It’s wearing thin.

  42. Another step in the sissification of football. I guess I dont think you should twist anyones ankles. But why is this any less safe than trying to lay huge hits. Does anyone think a snapped ankle is less damaging to a person than Brain Damage? The brain damage isnt as gross looking at t.v. so i guess its ok. It should be a flagged play and thats it. Saying he was “trying to snap his ankle” is like saying someone who shoves a guys head back after the play in a scrum was “trying to snap his neck”. dumb.

  43. Eagleswoot says: If he had ripped someones achilles, or caused a lis franc, or an upper ankle sprain, and one of those players missed 8-12 weeks, would you still feel like it wasnt a big deal? You cant treat it as a crime only if damage is done. Its the intent that matters. No, it wasnt murder, but he could have ended someones season quite easily.

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    And the guy who ripped off Gilberry’s helmet and gashed his face could have caused a serious head injury or career ending eye injury. But he didn’t. If Burfict was trying to rip an Achilles, it would have happened. Let’s dial it down a little. He got the correct punishment.

  44. Why are the Raider fans so upset about this? You dont have a dog in this fight. Actually, at 0-5, you dont have any dogs in any fights. Oh.. thats right… the Carson Palmer trade. Still upset about that, are we?

  45. This dude is a full fledged criminal. He belongs on death row. All the talent in the world, but is more suited for a life of crime. You know, muggings, home invasions…that type of thing.

  46. Exhibit A: $25,000 for Burfict with indisputable videos evidence.

    Exhibit B: Suspension for the entire season for Jonathan Vilma with no evidence of dirty hitting at all.

    Burfict should be given at least one game. At least. These are not just allegations, his actions are documented on film–from several angles and in hi-def, no less.

    This money fine will not be enough of a punishment to make him change his ways.

  47. what? you intentionally twisted someone’s ankle and was fined only $25k for it? This happened when the play was over and he was in the pile. So he should be suspended a few games at least. #smh

  48. bonniebengal says: Oct 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    If Burfict was trying to rip an Achilles, it would have happened. Let’s dial it down a little. He got the correct punishment.
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    So you’re saying the behavior is okay and should only be punished if it results in injury??

    If the shoe was on the other foot and someone was twisting Bengal ankles, would you be saying “dial it down”?? I ‘ll bet you would not be at all satisfied with $25,000 in fines.

  49. Burfict signed a 4-year deal worth $19 million dollars. Fining him $25k is meaningless.

    Fining him $25k is like fining someone who makes $100k/yr $500. There has to be a suspension for this crap.

    Imagine that you are making $100k a year and anytime you get mad at anybody you can just haul off and sucker punch them and just pay a $500 fine. No jail time, no nothing, just the fine.

  50. “Another step in the sissification of football”, never has a more moronic statement ever been made. There is a distinct difference in playing dirty and playing tough. And as far as the helmet goes, that happened during the play and not after the whistle had blown. The game is evolving, like it or not. Only idiots want to keep dirty plays in the NFL. I am almost certain if Luke were to grab Greens foot after the whistle the Bengal fans would be saying the same!

  51. The career of an NFL player is so finite and to see this happening on tape is very disturbing to all players in the league. Even the NFLPA should back a suspension on this !!

    Tool

  52. Monster turd in and stench ridden pile of turds. Nice organization. Embarrassment to the NFL, the Queen City, the state of Ohio, the USA and the world.

    Turd First Class.

  53. Purposely trying to injure a player is only a $25k fine? What happened to worrying about “the safety of the game”? He should be suspended at least two games.

  54. Since there is video evidence of the infractions ( meaning more than one…in one game ), why isn’t he suspended for eight (8) games at least? Roger Goddell is a joke…he needs to be fired immediately.

  55. Hysterical how the ref’s aren’t held accountable to not calling the foul, but the NFL doesn’t miss a chance to put their hand on the players wallet.

  56. Given there was no real injury, but there is sufficient video evidence, I’d say a 1 game suspension would seem about right. Enough to send a message.

    But the 25K is just chump change.

    It’s especially outlandish when compared to the 22K fine Bears Safety Ryan Mundy received for an (alleged) helmet-to-helmet on Roddy White.

    In the game, the refs rightfully deemed the contact incidental and picked the flag up – how can the league now come back and issue a fine? (and one that’s almost identical to what they are fining a guy who is very clearly DELIBERATELY trying to hurt people?!?!)

    I swear, there is no rhyme or reason whatsoever in the NFL fines, and it’s yet another reason Goodell must go.

  57. Burfict is a real pitbull out there, but it’s probably time to cure his habit of grabbing fleeing creatures by the feet and twisting their legs. Before he goes on to seizing them by the scruff of the neck and shaking them to death.

  58. NFL keeps trying to keep players on the field.
    It appears that they will keep trying to give minimum punishments and absorb the following complaints about how light the punishment was and how it did not fit the transgression.

  59. That those who are defending Burfict don’t understand is that this is a pattern of behavior. Marvin Lewis could stop it if he wanted to. That’s the real crime.

  60. “No need for Steeler-ball in this town.
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    I wouldn’t worry about that happening.”

    Thank goodness. I’d hate to see the Bengals sink to the division basement like that.

  61. Also, no one mention poor little Cammy Newton kicking Burfict in the head after the play in retaliation! Kick a guy in the head that has had concussions in 2 consecutive games but that’s alright huh? lol I’m not defending Burfict but whats wrong is wrong. A cheap shot is a cheap shot whether its done in retaliation or not. 2 wrongs dont make a right?

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