Bengals owner Mike Brown strongly objected to Vontaze Burfict fine

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The NFL opted not to suspend Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for fear of the reaction to having the punishment overturned on appeal. The $112,000 fine imposed on Burfict still provoked a strong reaction from the Bengals.

Per a league source, Bengals owner Mike Brown expressed to the league office in very specific and pointed terms his strenuous objection to the decision to punish Burfict in any way for lowering his helmet to hit Steelers running back James Conner and for putting a forearm in the helmet of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown called the fine unfair and excessive, and he accused the league of improperly imposing discipline in situations where no fouls were called. (Neither infraction drew a flag.)

The Bengals owner also said that he has a significant disagreement with the league office on making the game safer, and that he believes the league’s current approach hurts the game and makes it less attractive to fans.

It’s an example of the many different and divergent opinions and viewpoints the league constantly finds itself trying to navigate. The Steelers (and others) wanted Burfict to be suspended, and the Bengals don’t even want him to lose a penny for his behavior.

Either way, he’ll lose more than a penny if he does it again. The league has warned him that the new violation will result in a suspension.

38 responses to “Bengals owner Mike Brown strongly objected to Vontaze Burfict fine

  1. Start fining the tightwad owner and Burfict will be gone. Brown is aiding and abetting Burficts dangerous behavior to satisfy the knuckle draggers and mouth breathers that frequent his fan base……disgraceful fans and city.

  2. He’s right. Guys are being fined for picking their nose during games. Just because it wasn’t caught on in game video doesn’t mean the 23 other angles didn’t see you do it!

  3. After watching a few replays of the Bengals Steelers game – sad to say Vontaze just does not get it. Consistently going after other players with his own head trying to knock them out by head butting other players to the head. Ridiculous.

  4. Agreed on rules changes part but for the 100th time Tez needs to stop being reckless and has to keep his emotions in check. When you watch the tape you’ll notice he was focused on revenge than his assignments

  5. Corporate dogma has it that they are the owners and wealth creators, therefore are a separate class of persons….and shouldn’t pay anything; no taxes, no penalties and no jail time for outrageous criminality.

    You or I? throw the book at ’em!

  6. Any player that may have a history of questionable behavior isn’t going to get a benefit of a doubt. That said, I don’t like Burfict, but I also don’t think he did anything wrong on this play either.

  7. jdphx says:
    October 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    So pay it for him….. Moneybags.
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    Seems to me there is a provision included in the league’s policy framework that prohibits an owner/franchise from paying a player’s fine.

  8. QBs own the league. Roethlisberger whines and Burcfit is fined. Rodgers limps and his Oline is allowed to hold all day. Ryan flops and TJ Watt is fined

  9. You go Mike Brown!! This is BS.. if Burfict played for the Steelers, Bears, Packers, Giants or Cowboys he’d be considered an aggressive “old school” football player. The fact that he plays for the Bengals kills his cred and makes him an easy target by the NFL to try to set an example!

    Keep playing hard Tez!!

  10. “he accused the league of improperly imposing discipline in situations where no fouls were called. ”

    So where were his complaints as numerous other players have been fined for plays where flags weren’t thrown the last few seasons?

  11. The Bengals have had more bad character guys than any other teams since Mike Brown has been running the show. Birds of a feather flock together. Own that!

  12. Then Brown should pay all the fines for his dirty players! He’d cut Berfict in a heart beat!

  13. The nfl should fine the ref’s if they miss all these calls since there was no flags.There would be nothing said had they been playing any team other than the crybaby steeelleeeers.
    When are they going to start suspending the steelers coaches for tripping, hair pulling and coming onto the field.

  14. Another owner not happy with Rodger fining their players excessively

    Get in line after the saints, pats, cowboys…….

    Owners have only themselves to blame for extending godells contract.

    You reap what you sew.

  15. I’m a Bengals fan. I’m starting to wonder if Burfict even cares about winning. My fellow fans can deny all they want but he is clearly on a mission to injure. I know that’s how football used to be and he would have been a God back in the day but fortunately or unfortunately, those days are over. Burfict hurts the Bengals more than he helps at this point.

  16. The Bengals have had more bad character guys than any other teams since Mike Brown has been running the show. Birds of a feather flock together. Own that!

    ____________

    Name one time Burfict had an off the field “Bad character” issue.

  17. this reminds me of the scene in a few good men:

    Sam Weinberg: “I strenuously object?” Is that how it’s done? Hmmm? “Objection, your Honor!” “Overruled” “No, no. I STRENUOUSLY object.” “Oh! You strenuously object. Then I’ll take some time and reconsider.”

    Of course he objects, but let some defender light up AJ green and lets see how he feels about forearms to the head.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says:
    October 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Start fining the tightwad owner and Burfict will be gone. Brown is aiding and abetting Burficts dangerous behavior to satisfy the knuckle draggers and mouth breathers that frequent his fan base……disgraceful fans and city.
    =====================
    Ummm … wasn’t Tomlin just fined as well?

  19. “he accused the league of improperly imposing discipline in situations where no fouls were called. ”
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    Welcome to the club Mike. Fans have been decrying this for years. Sigh

  20. I don’t know what I find more amusing: Bungle fans aimlessly searching for reasons to defend this convict, or watching him flail at Steeler players during yet another heartbreaker loss for the fans. Keep up the brainless work, Tez!

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