Le’Veon Bell on Vontaze Burfict: “We don’t want dirty players in the league”

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr can call Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfictmisunderstood” all he wants, but Carr doesn’t understand what it means to be on the wrong end of a Burfict cheap shot.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell does.

In the latest episode of the 17 Weeks from Uninterrupted, SiriusXM, and Pandora, Bell discusses the 12-game suspension that the NFL imposed earlier this week on Burfict.

“There’s certain fine lines you really can’t cross and I feel like he kind of finds it every game,” Bell said regarding Burfict. “It’s like unbelievable. The league did what it did. I’m glad they’re finally trying to bite down on things like that because we don’t want dirty players in the league. Obviously, you don’t want guys to not be able to provide for their family. It’s not like I don’t want him on the field, but I just want him to play clean. If he’s not playing clean then other guys can’t really provide for their families because they’re hurt.”

That’s a great point. And if the decision comes down to keeping the dirty player from playing or keeping the opponents he injures from playing, it’s more than fair to keep the dirty player from playing.

“I’ve played Vontaze Burfict numerous times and there’s been a lot of plays that people don’t see where it’s been dirty,” Bell said. “He had a bunch of dirty things on me, but in 2015, the one that kind of hurt me on the sideline, he didn’t have to do that.”

That play resulted in Bell suffering a season-ending knee injury.

“It kind of changed my life,” Bell said. “I feel like in 2015 I was on the verge of having my best football year. At that time I was in the best shape of my life, I was doing everything right, so then when I got hurt, it just kind of like set me back and I kind of went into this like, I don’t want to say depression, but it was something close to it. Just because of the fact that I wasn’t able to play football and I was hurt. And it was so hard, it was literally the hardest thing ever for me to come back from a knee injury. Don’t get me wrong, knee injuries happen. But it shouldn’t be like a guy trying to pull you down and wrap their legs around you and pull you back to really fold your leg up. It shouldn’t be like that.”

Indeed it shouldn’t. And the league is trying to keep that from happening, by getting Burfict off the field for the rest of the season, possibly hopeful that in 2020 no one will sign him.

25 responses to “Le’Veon Bell on Vontaze Burfict: “We don’t want dirty players in the league”

  1. Burfict is a scumbag but I find it ironic that Bell was depressed and upset that he couldn’t play football in 2015, but then chooses to sit out all of 2018. How quickly things changed in 3 years.

  2. Ok, dirty players sully the league and offend most fans’ sense of fair play. But am I the only one to see the irony of Rodger’s office disciplining dirty players?

  3. Strange construct where the NFLPA had to back this guy as he attempted to destroy the careers of many of their other clients. Also a strange construct where the NFL and NFLPA talk and talk and talk and talk about player safety, and yet they let this guy play when everybody with an IQ north of 3 new this was going to happen. I guess they are using the 7 strikes and you are out rule.

  4. Too bad Hines Ward was never held to account for all his dirty,cheap blindside hits. He pretty much ruined Keith Rivers career before it got started.

    Also,I’m amazed no one ever retaliated against Ward although I suspect it was because everyone was afraid of Joey Porter and James Harrison (two other cheap shop artists).

    If and when Ward comes up for HOF consideration I hope someone at least mentions his dirty play.

  5. If the local bus agency had a driver who was great almost all the time, but twice a year he’d crash his bus into construction barricades just to “keep those workers on their toes” and causing significant damage to the bus, he’d be fired and probably lose his commercial driver’s license.

    How does Burfict keep a multi-million dollar job when the rest of us would lose ours?

  6. pkrlvr says:
    October 4, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Burfict is a scumbag but I find it ironic that Bell was depressed and upset that he couldn’t play football in 2015, but then chooses to sit out all of 2018. How quickly things changed in 3 years.
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    In 2015, he had a couple years left on his contract, giving him some security. In 2018, he chose not sign a franchise tag offer, offering him no guarantees/security if he got hurt. I don’t understand the hate for a guy who was trying to protect himself long term, by giving up something in the short term. He wasn’t under contract when he decided to sit out. It was a risk/gamble. Maybe it paid off, and maybe it didn’t because we’ll never know if he would’ve gotten a career ending injury under tat missed year. But any Joe Blow might heavily consider doing to same thing.

  7. I’m not Burfict fan, but it’s totally rich when Steelers complain about The Bengals being dirty. See Kimo, see Keith Rivers, see years of Pittsburgh crossing the line. Cincy finally ends up with Burfict, who is basically a mirror of Steelers gameplay and Pittsburgh goes into full crybaby mode..

  8. Geez, call me old but I can remember when (for instance) the head-slap was legal to use by d-linemen.

    As other comments in Burfict articles have said, Burfict’s style of play wouldn’t have been anything out of the ordinary 40+ years ago before they made the rules changes which inflated offensive stats & babied QBs and receivers at the expense of defenses.

  9. We also don’t want entitled brats in the league. At least Burfict plays when he has the opportunity. (And I don’t even like the guy)

  10. jeanoroid says:]
    I’m not Burfict fan, but it’s totally rich when Steelers complain about The Bengals being dirty.

    News flash, Bell isn’t a Steeler, he plays for the Jets.

  11. araidersfan says:
    October 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Geez, call me old . . . As other comments in Burfict articles have said, Burfict’s style of play wouldn’t have been anything out of the ordinary 40+ years ago before they made the rules changes which inflated offensive stats & babied QBs and receivers at the expense of defenses.
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    I won’t call you old, as I may be older than you are. I too prefer old-school, physical football as opposed to over-officiated track meets.
    That said, what was allowed in football 40+ years ago is irrelevant to this particular conversation.
    It’s 2019. The things Vontaze Burfict does may have been allowed in 1975, but not today. They’re both against the rules of the game, and punishable by fines and/or suspension according to the CBA.
    Mr. Burfict knows he’s violating the rules, has been fined and/or suspended multiple times, and yet continues to take those kind of shots. A season-long suspension is exactly what he deserves.

  12. Burfict needs to be suspended…his style of play just doesn’t match todays rules. That said Bell is still upset that Burfict took him out a couple years ago but that was a tough but clean tackle so get over it!

  13. There have been many dirty hits by Burfict but the tackle on the sideline was not one of them. Burfict made a tackle and landed on Bell’s leg. Nothing dirty about it.

  14. I can find you hundreds of videos of burfict being dirty. That tackle on Bell was one of the cleanest hits he’s ever had. It was a football play and sometimes guys get hurt in football plays. Bell hasn’t stopped whining about that one, but anyone that wants to watch the tape can see it.

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