Ravens’ Marshal Yanda spat at Vontaze Burfict

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a well-earned reputation as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players, but it was an opponent who did something dirty to Burfict on Sunday.

Ravens offensive lineman Marshal Yanda spat at Burfict while Yanda was standing and Burfict was lying on the ground during Sunday’s game.

The video is clear: There’s a pileup with some pushing and shoving on both sides, and Burfict is in the middle of it, as he so often is. But afterward, Yanda stood up and leaned over Burfict, and spit clearly came out of Yanda’s mouth and toward Burfict.

It’s unclear in the video whether the spit actually landed on Burfict, and given Burfict’s non-reaction, it seems likely that it didn’t. But there’s no question that Yanda spat in Burfict’s direction. It was a dirty and disgusting move that should have no place in the NFL.

The NFL has disciplined players for spitting on opponents in the past. Dallas’s Terrell Owens was fined $35,000 for spitting on Atlanta’s DeAngelo Hall. Washington’s Sean Taylor was ejected from a playoff game and fined $17,000 for spitting at Tampa Bay’s Michael Pittman. Tampa Bay’s Hardy Nickerson was fined $17,000 for spitting on Carolina’s William Floyd. Denver’s Bill Romanowski was fined $7,500 for spitting on San Francisco’s J.J. Stokes. Oakland’s Regan Upshaw was fined $29,000 (one week’s salary) for spitting on Pittsburgh’s Josh Miller.

Yanda should expect a fine as well. That was a dirty play.

40 responses to “Ravens’ Marshal Yanda spat at Vontaze Burfict

  1. You can say lots of things to me without getting a reaction. Spitting is where I start swinging. If Burfict didn’t come up swinging he didn’t get spit on but there should still be a huge fine.

  2. I’ve always looked at that as a disgusting, low class move, but….. Vontaze Burfict? Once in awhile you can overlook a disgusting move when it’s on an even more disgusting human being.

  3. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this from Yanda before. I’ve never considered him an agitator.
    I’m sure Burfict did something to deserve it, but that doesn’t excuse it.

  4. If Yanda wanted to spit on Burfict, he would have done it, but he’s never been that type of player.

    Framing his intent is almost as low as spitting on someone.

  5. It doesn’t matter if it landed or not or who was the target. It’s disgusting and there’s no place for that in the game. He should get a hefty fine for that.

  6. Players are nomrally ejected in games for spitting along with the obligatory penalty. Those are normally face to face things, too, not standing over a guy. Refs missed it, so just suspend him for the following game if tape is clear. Simple.

  7. Since it was directed at Burfict I really don’t mind. With the way he plays, getting spit on should be the least of his worries

  8. if that was vontez spitting at a steeler we’d have heard about it from 12 different people at the press conference after the game and twice from Roethlisberger. real football players keep it on the field

  9. Actually, that’s a criminal offense. But then so is punching someone, the hockey fights etc. Never going to be enforced.

    But Yanda will get some NFL mail. Best he denies ’till he dies.

  10. In 10 years, Burfict will be in prison somewhere. Even so, a dude should never spit on someone.

  11. Bengals fans know this happens to Burfict all the time. There are chippy/dirty players on every team. Heck, some teams are dirty period (cough Steelers). Burfict is clearly the enforcer for the Bengals (we’ve never had one before), but his reputation has made him a weekly target for dirty play as well. Which leads me to this: I love how hypocritical and willfully ignorant people are. This league is full of dirty play, but we pretend Burfict is the only one doing it, or that he’s somehow much worse. I watched Hines Ward break Keith Rivers’ jaw by purposely spearing him in the face on a crackback, yet people loved ol’ smiling Hines, and he got a cush media job once his career was over. I’ve yet to see Burfict break anyone’s bones. Heck, he hasn’t injured anyone at all, other than Leveon Bell on a perfectly clean tackle.

  12. he needs to get 4 games and $38,000 fine for that crap. But we will see on wednesday it will be a slap on the wrist if anything at all.

  13. I’m sure Burfict earned it, but still – no player should ever resort to spitting at another player. He should get a fine at the very least.

  14. Looks to me like Yanda was either coughing or yelling something, sometimes people spit when they cough/yell. Didn’t look like he did it on purpose. Now, go back to your regularly scheduled overreacting.

  15. 3yardsndust says:

    November 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

    In 10 years, Burfict will be in prison somewhere. Even so, a dude should never spit on someone.

    Burfict has never even been arrested. Ever. Which is something fans of other teams can’t say about a member of their team.

  16. bubbahotepp says:

    November 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Burfict shouldn’t even be playing.

    Have you seen what he’s done on the field this year? He hasn’t been playing.

  17. no Doubt Yanda was spitting on Burfict.

    Dirty play and I don’t like it.

    Burfict is lucky Yanda didn’t try to snap his neck like a twig.

  18. 1. Who spits drool loogies at people?
    2. Who intentionally spits at someone, but catches/wipes it away?
    3. Who spits, but then has a monster gob of expectorant still stuck to them?

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