Vontaze Burfict’s defense likely doesn’t hold water

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who previously has been suspended for pretty much everything but violating the PED policy, now faces a PED violation. And his camp has leaked a self-serving excuse to ESPN that, as articulated, holds less water than a hula hoop.

Adam Schefter of ESPN passes along the notion that Burfict will argue that the positive test came from medication prescribed for him after a December 4 concussion and/or medication prescribed for him after a December 24 shoulder injury.

Burfict also will claim, according to Schefter, that the positive test occurred on December 27, after he had been ruled out for the season. Thus, he’ll argue that he couldn’t have gained any advantage because he wasn’t playing in any more games.

However, Schefter fails to mention that, as of December 27, Burfict hadn’t been ruled out for the season. Two days later, Burfict appeared on they injury report as doubtful, which indicates a 25-percent chance of playing. On December 30, Burfict was downgraded to out.

Perhaps more importantly, a player’s playing status has no relevance to the requirement that, 365 days per year, players cannot have banned substances in their system. Likewise, the league has specific procedures for obtaining permission to take prescription medications that are otherwise banned by the PED policy. There’s no indication that Burfict successfully complied with any and all requirements to obtain permission to take something that team doctors should have known are prohibited.

It’s possible Burfict got the medication from his own doctor, who may have been oblivious to the fact that the NFL will automatically suspend a player for four games if the substances are in his system.

Thus, on its surface, the planned defense looks like a losing proposition. Maybe there are more facts that would bolster the case. If there were, they presumably would have been provided to Schefter and included in his story.

42 responses to “Vontaze Burfict’s defense likely doesn’t hold water

  1. In a best case scenario for Burfict two of the games he is suspended for will be both games against the Steelers so JuJu won’t clean his clock for him again.

  2. “It’s possible Burfict got the medication from his own doctor, who may have been oblivious to the fact that the NFL will automatically suspend a player for four games if the substances are in his system”

    I find it highly unlikely that a professional football player would have a personal doctor who does not know the medicinal requirements and limitations of a professional football player.

    However, we ARE talking about Vontaze Burfict here, so…

  3. How does this bum still have a job in the nfl?? He should have been kicked out for his blatant attempts at injuring opponents and then you tack a PED suspension on top of it? C’mon.

  4. This clown should be kicked out of the NFL. Enough is enough. The guy is a miserable excuse for a human being. If it weren’t for football he’d likely be in prison where he belongs.

  5. A real man would own up to what he did. I guess PED’s don’t strengthen character…

  6. This defense shouldn’t work now or at anytime.

    There is a specific set of substances that were agreed upon by both the players and the NFL. The punitive measures were also agreed upon. This can’t even be pinned on Goodell because he doesn’t handle either the punishment or the appeals.

    When you become a member of that union you are required to know the CBA which means the substances. That means the player is responsible; not the doctor, not the team, and not anyone else.

    This is no different than drunk driving, everyone has to be cognizant of it.

    Be a man, take responsibility.

  7. What is the over under on when lane johnson fails another ped test? Guy was a qb….and now he is a 330 lbs tackle….that’s normal…hilarious.

  8. “It’s possible Burfict got the medication from his own doctor, who may have been oblivious to the fact that the NFL will automatically suspend a player for four games if the substances are in his system”

    That’s irrelevant of course.

    Every single NFL team should have the list of approved supplements, and every single player should be checking with the team to see if anything they want to take is on the list or not. If not they shouldn’t touch it. Period.

  9. Burfict has to be more careful because the League is gunning for him. It is a fact of life he has to acknowledge.

  10. “wgeekphill says:
    March 16, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    This clown should be kicked out of the NFL. Enough is enough. The guy is a miserable excuse for a human being. If it weren’t for football he’d likely be in prison where he belongs.”

    Prison for what? He has never been in any kind of trouble off the field. In fact, he is quite the opposite of what he acts like on the field.
    You guys really need to stop with this crap that he is a criminal. Totally unfounded.
    That doesn’t mean I’m defending him, he is a grown man and needs to make better decisions. It’s a shame his talent is going to waste with all the suspensions. I personally wish the Bengals would just cut him and be done. Too bad that trade rumor to the Raiders wasn’t true.
    Seriously though this ” Burfict is a criminal” narrative needs to die. Total BS.

  11. “returntoexcellence says:
    March 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm
    A real man would own up to what he did. I guess PED’s don’t strengthen character…”
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    LOL, when’s the last time an athlete from any sport admitted it without the usual excuses?

  12. I hope they can at least wait until he gets revenge on the Steelers before they cut him…I’m looking forward to that game…

  13. vontaze burfict is how i will forever remember the life of Marvin Ronald Lewis

  14. This suspension will just give the Bengals more time to draw up that 20 year guaranteed contract extension. Because this guy can’t get into the Bengals’ dog house no matter how hard he tries.

  15. The NFL should have a list of PEDs that all players can take for recovery, but if they take something not on the list they get suspended for two years the first time.

    If they are serious about player safety …

  16. Players are given a list of medications that will get them suspended (because they contain a banned substance) So if he took it, it’s on him.
    Then again, i’m not so sure he can read

  17. pantherpro says:
    March 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Would have been perfect Raider trash!

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    Who did Rae Carruth play for again??

  18. Some PEDs, as any serious research article will point out, can benefit the athlete for up to a few years after being stopped. NFL knows this and yet has a paltry 4 game penalty. If they really wanted to stamp it out they should have a 1yr min first offense, followed by a permanent ban for a 2nd, like many sports already do.

  19. Don’t they know by now to get a doctor’s note and take the prescription into the team’s doctor’s for a review before taking anything? If he had, he probably would have gotten a temporary permission to use it.

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