Bengals unhappy NFL didn’t discipline Vince Williams for Burfict threat

AP

That fight occurring before Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Bengals traces directly to the last game between the two teams, and its aftermath.

During the Week Eight contest in Pittsburgh, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict applied a hit to Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell that resulted in a season-ending knee injury. After the game, Steelers linebacker Vince Williams posted a tweet that Burfict and other Bengals players regarded as a death threat: “I catch Vontaze on south beach im painting that boi on sight.”

Williams later deleted the tweet and issued a statement in which he refused to apologize for his words but also said he “shouldn’t have taken these feelings to Twitter.”

As Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth explained it by phone to PFT after the game, Burfict confronted Williams before the game because of the threat — and because the NFL took no action against Williams for threatening to kill Burfict.

Whitworth expressed frustration about the league’s failure to take action, raising concerns about the potential consequences of death threats made by NFL players against other NFL players — especially if fans see those threats and decide either to make threats of their own, or to act on them.

He’s right, and Williams’ behavior seems to constitute a violation of the plain terms of Personal Conduct Policy, which prohibits “[a]ctual or threatened physical violence against another person.”

It’s possible the league didn’t do anything about the threats because the league didn’t want to turn a fairly small story into a big story. Regardless, the NFL’s inaction directly sparked the extracurricular activities that occurred before Sunday’s game. Which may now require the NFL to do something.

If the NFL does something about what happened Sunday, the NFL also needs to do something about the threats that Williams previously made.

60 responses to “Bengals unhappy NFL didn’t discipline Vince Williams for Burfict threat

  1. ive always regarded the term painting someone on sight as a gesture to fight.

    i highly doubt this man was about that Hernandez life.

    Burficit isnt the greatest of human beings for that matter.

  2. Steelers are the most classless team in the league. Coaches included. Did they see porter crawling on the ground like an idiot celebrating? Rooney’s should be embarrassed. They all acted like complete idiots. Yet the fans will defend it. Well, because they’re classless too.

  3. You must be a Carolina fan. Green bay has no offense really unimpressive Minn chi det what a terrible division

  4. It was stupid for Williams to say that on Twitter but it’s not a death threat unless he is the hulk or someone. Im sure Burfict would have confronted Williams had the league intervened or not.

  5. thepackerpoet says:
    Dec 13, 2015 6:56 PM
    It’s like a girl fight!

    Come to the NFC where real championship football is. Can’t wait to play the AFC in the Super Bowl!
    ______________________
    In the Northeast the Patriots fans are laughing

  6. It’s always teams like the Bills and the Bungals that complain about officiating.

    All it does is feed the losing mindset.

  7. Thank god we now have twitter to know who the really stupid individuals are. And the NFL’s inaction only shows how inept and clueless they are. They probably had no idea what Williams was talking about.

  8. Burfict has easily taken over as the dirtiest football player in the NFL. Well, karma is the sweetest of revenge:

    ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports Andy Dalton’s broken throwing thumb is “likely season ending.”

    Per Holtzman, the “best-case scenario” has Dalton returning for the playoffs, but the “feeling in the locker room” is that he’s done.

    Bungals are natural born losers! They can win even when the NFL is doing everything they can to help them (refs biased out in force today)!!!

  9. @ joetoronto
    Yet weren’t you one of the Raider faithful that complained about Pacman not being thrown out of the week 1 game by the “clueless” officials after him & Cooper went @ it?
    My how we forget Joe.
    Petty, sightless, classless troll you are. Give Raiders football fans a bad name. SMH

  10. Was at the game today. Burfict was an absolute maniac out there. He’s a great player, but he has trouble controlling his emotions on the field. He left the game twice to be checked for concussions, and both times were self inflicted when he was trying to blow a guy up at the end of the play.

  11. thepackerpoet.. Yeah the Packers have won two Super Bowls since the late 60’s.. The AFC is really worried.. Lol
    How about those Patriots four Super Bowls!!! 🙂

  12. There is no punishment for threatening to kill someone, but 4 games for .2 lb. of missing??? air pressure…

    Roger is in charge, no further explanation is necessary.

  13. The NFL attracts the football audience with stuff like this. They’ll say something about it now that players are talking about it but they’ll use it to promote the game. I don’t get it

  14. Typical NFL inaction when it comes to punishing the Steelers. They are a bunch of cheap shots and their cheap shots never get called. Someone touches the Steelers or looks at them the wrong way and out come the flag.

    There’s no doubt in my mind the Steelers Browns game was fixed in Pittsburgh. 2 bogus pass interference calls vs the Browns, which as everyone knows do not cover anyone, and a BS call on not giving Johnny a TD on his run.

  15. Waaaaah call the waambulance bustfict. I didn’t see u complainjng when u were stampeding midfield on bells injury. The Steelers are better and your team was owned today.

  16. Burfict knew every Steeler out there was coming for him. Cried like a baby cuz he was getting pounded. Act like a man… sorry, forgot you went to ASU

  17. All these Steeler fans complaining about dirty hits is too much.

    Highlight reels could be made of all the dirty plays and hits in your franchise’s history.

    Hypocrites are out in full force today!

  18. The whole unsportsmanlike penalties that get called on both teams needs to be revamped. Start red carding these guys, throw them out of game and next game. That will put a damper on the dirty stuff.

  19. It amazes me how all of these hypocritical Steelers fans talking about cheap shots actually approve of one of their player threatening the life of another player. This shows how classless of a fan base and organization they have created in the Steel City. They applaud when their players such as James Harrison and Mike Mitchell to name a few always try and injure other players intentionally but when one of their soft players such as Leveon Bell or Big Ben are injured by a legal tackle they cry and say it is a dirty hit. Your team and coach and ownership are classless and they are favorites of the league and that is why they are not being reprimanded for these idiotic plays that could seriously hurt someone in the future. You should be proud to live in such a crappy city and to root for such a piece of crap team such as the Steelers.

  20. Funny, Every other comment is about Bungles this and that from some Bandwagon Stoolers fan. It’s real easy to root for a winning team that has won 6 superbowls, isn’t it? I guarantee 85% of the ones that post here don’t even live or have ever even been to Pittsburgh.

  21. Pittsburgh has always been notorious for being the cheap-shot artists of the NFL. Now they just want to kill everybody.

  22. So when does the head hunter Mike Mitchell actually get disciplined for his actions? All of you Steeler fans are the pot calling the kettle black. It starts with your classless head coach and filters on down.

  23. wonder what the NFL’s reaction would have been if Vince Williams said that on twitter about a certain commissioner instead of some cheap shot Bengal line backer…

  24. Speaking of cheap shots, did anyone see the notorious Burflicts low hit on Ben’s legs during today’s game? And Bengals fans have the nerve to complain about dirty players.

  25. “im painting that boi on sight”
    ===================================

    Sounds like the mentality of a 15 year old gansta wannabe.

  26. Ah Bungles fans. It’s so sweet watching you whine and cry about this loss. And for some of you, the playoff loss when Carson blew out his knee. Seriously? You sure carry it around, don’t you? But when your team has won absolutely nothing, ever, I guess it’s all you are left with.

  27. Sounds like alot of whiney cincy crybabies posting tonight. Face the fact, Big Ben shredded that secondary to pieces. For us steeler fans, we heard it all week, you trash talking bungle fans who said the steelers were going to lose got beat today and beat good I must add.

  28. Palmer blew his knee out when Von oelhoffen got tripped and then shoved into Palmer by two different Bengals offensive linemen.

  29. cincygirl25 says:
    Dec 13, 2015 8:33 PM
    Pittsburgh is the dirtiest team around. We forget the hit on Carson Palmer. That super bowl ring should never have happened.
    __________

    C’mon now, you know Kimo fell into Carson and instantly felt bad about it as he quickly waved for the medical guys. Burfict is dirty and doesn’t try to hide it

  30. bengalsfan73 says:
    Dec 13, 2015 8:26 PM

    It amazes me how all of these hypocritical Steelers fans talking about cheap shots actually approve of one of their player threatening the life of another player. This shows how classless of a fan base and organization they have created in the Steel City. They applaud when their players such as James Harrison and Mike Mitchell to name a few always try and injure other players intentionally but when one of their soft players such as Leveon Bell or Big Ben are injured by a legal tackle they cry and say it is a dirty hit. Your team and coach and ownership are classless and they are favorites of the league and that is why they are not being reprimanded for these idiotic plays that could seriously hurt someone in the future. You should be proud to live in such a crappy city and to root for such a piece of crap team such as the Steelers.

    ______________________

    Enjoy 1 and done again in the playoffs. Dalton or no Dalton…Your team is pathetic!

  31. First of all there’s no excuse for one player threatening another on social media. However having said that, I don’t think even if the league had done something to Williams, that burfict wouldn’t have crossed over to the steelers side of the field during warm ups and started a confrontation. Burfict wanted to set the tone for the game. He wanted to show that the bengals were the team to beat and that the bengals rule the north. I had to laugh how fast burfict back peddled during the skirmish, once James Harrison walked up. Basically burfict psyched himself out of the game, and lost focus. He was so intent on sending a message that he was flying on top of piles, diving at Roethlisbergers knees. Burficts hit on bell wasn’t illegal, the steelers took exception to the celebration. Let’s not forget burfict also has a history of cheap shots, twisting players ankles in a pile up. Maybe the steelers were just looking for a chip on their shoulders leading up to this game. The bottom line is football is a very violent game played by men who,can sometimes be violent. When you get in another mans face you better be prepared for the consequences. Today burfict wasn’t prepared.

  32. If he truly said something like that then he should be out of the league and should be reported to the police immediately. Tired of all of this scum in the league

  33. Reminds me of the scheduled pre-match smack talk interviews by each wrestler on WWE.

    One more thing the NFL now has in common with the WWE, to go along with the horrid officiating and outcomes that are beginning to appear ever increasingly to be scripted or managed.

  34. Your last sentence loses you all credibility: If the NFL does something about (something that occurred on the field), the NFL also needs to do something about (something written on Twitter).

  35. Due to a huge increase in supply I’m now selling bottles of The Tears of Bengal Fans for the low, low price of $3.99 per bottle.

    Act fast! Or not, because the tears will probably keep coming through week 17 (and the playoffs, if they don’t blow it first).

  36. ” Regardless, the NFL’s inaction directly sparked the extracurricular activities that occurred before Sunday’s game. ”

    No, Burfict being piece of dirty knee-hunting garbage is what sparked the activities.

    He proved it later with a low hit on Ben.

  37. Bengals fans are still in denial after that loss if they
    can’t bring themselves to admit that Burfict played
    dirty all through that game. Diving into the back
    of the QBs legs is plain dirty, no way around it.

  38. littlescuppernong, James Harrison is a borderline H.O.F. player and Burflict’s a bum who couldn’t make Pittsburgh’s special temas.

  39. “im painting that boi on sight”
    ===================================

    Sounds like the mentality of a 15 year old gansta wannabe.

    Maybe you’d like to give Williams a go? didn’t think so!

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