Marshal Yanda: I would never, ever spit on anyone

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Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is strongly denying that he spat on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict during Sunday’s game.

“I was accused of spitting on a player and I take a lot of pride in my character and how I was raised, and the things I do day in and day out,” Yanda said. “I would never, ever spit on another man, another person, individual, ever. On the field, off the field, never. That’s not the way I was raised, that’s not the way I raise my kids. The video shows — some people are taking it crazy, but all I was doing was wiping spit off my helmet, away from the ground. I swiped at it to make sure it didn’t land on anybody. I don’t know if you guys know, but during the course of a game I’m a heavy spitter. The adrenaline is fired up and I’m spitting all the time. Sidelines, on the field. Obviously, not on anyone ever. But it’s just unfortunate that got twisted and my integrity, my character is being called into question. Because that does really matter to me. It’s really unfortunate but that went down. I just want to put that out there, that would never be anything that would ever even be fathomed in my mind. That’s just not the player I am.”

Burfict was lying on the ground and Yanda was standing above him as Yanda produced a loogie that dropped down into the general direction of Burfict’s face. It was impossible to see on televised replays whether any spit actually landed on Burfict, and Burfict’s lack of reaction suggests he wasn’t actually hit with spit.

But Burfict did take to Twitter this week to address the situation, saying, “I’m happy y’all starting to see the whole picture” and suggesting that if he had retaliated the NFL would have been glad because that would have given the league the ability to impose discipline on him.

“NFL mad I didn’t retaliate,” Burfict wrote.

Yanda has a reputation as a man of good character and Burfict, well, does not. So many observers will be predisposed to believe Yanda is telling the truth, even if Burfict doesn’t accept his explanation.

19 responses to “Marshal Yanda: I would never, ever spit on anyone

  1. Burfict doesnt get the benefit of the doubt like Yanda does. I believe what Yanda said, because he has character and because if someone had spit on Burfict he probably would have tried to murder him. The lack of a reaction, from an emotional unstable madman, is as telling as anything

  2. Going to preface this by first saying I’m not a fan of either team so I have zero dog in the fight. I watched the slow-mo video PFT posted the other day and it is very clear that Yanda had a big old loogie that he was trying to get rid of. Yes, it did fall in the general direction of where Burfict is laying that you cannot dispute. But seeing it in slow-mo is where you see the hand swipe it from going in Burfict’s direction as if he was trying to knock it away from going there. As a fan of neither team I pretty much see this as being a big deal about nothing, that and the fact that if Burfict was hit by a loogie I’m he would have tried to rip every Ravens players head off almost proves that this is another case of the media trying to be TMZ and make something out of nothing.

  3. I saw the video and it looks to me just as Yanda described. It’s looks differently only to individuals with twisted minds and twisted agendas.

  4. the video is clear .. that is spit dripping off a facemask .. not spit going from player’s mouth to other player’s body/face. Remember the video of romanowski spitting in jj stokes? the video is clear .. watch romo and watch stokes .. watch it.

    now go watch the video of this yanda .. watch it .. does it look like he is spitting on burfict?

  5. “mmmpierogi says:
    November 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    No dog in this fight as a Steeler fan, but….”

    That’s rich. Every Steelers fan, player, coach and coach’s mother has a dog in this fight. Y’all been crying about Burfict for years. I’m sure you were all pumping your collective fist when you heard what Yanda did.

  6. No football player, especially Burfict, would do nothing, not even flinch if spit on. He clearly didn’t spit on him. And it was a slow drip not like a hulk-a-loogie spit. If he was trying to hit him he wouldn’t have taken his time.

    Much about nothing.

  7. If you have a good reputation you’ll get the benefit of the doubt, just ask AJ Green after he taught Jalen Ramsey a lesson.

  8. No story here except for over analysis of a video. Had this actually happened all hell would break out. The Burfict response is laughable.

  9. I have not seen this, so this is just a general comment:

    Most of us consider being spit on as being about as disgusting as things get. If a player does this, and it is clear and caught, it should be an immediate ejection and automatic one-game suspension with three games for a subsequent event.

    Again, this is not about these specific guys.

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