Vontaze Burfict Fined, Not Suspended For Sunday’s Stomp


Vontaze Burfict’s wallet got a lot lighter this week. But the league is still condoning his actions enough to let him play. The Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker has been fined by the league $75,000 but will not be suspended for stomping on LeGarrette Blount Sunday.

It’s the largest non-suspension fine he’s ever received, surpassing his $69K penalty from December of…last year. Dave Bryan posted the clip of it yesterday but if you missed it, here’s what Burfict is being fined over.

Burfict was not fined for his low hit on Martellus Bennett.

Ramon Foster talked about the need to get Burfict out of the game, and I’m sure this “message” the league is sending won’t be seen as punishment enough.

“It’s frustrating to continue to see that go on,” Foster told 93.7 The Fan. “For one, I just can’t understand the mentality of him and two, those are the same things that he’s been doing for a while.”

Marvin Lewis somehow found the ability to defend Burfict’s actions, per this tweet from ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Incredibly, this is the 7th fine Burfict has received since entering the league in 2012. He’s been fined twice for unsportsmanlike conduct, once for “ankle twisting” (another variation of unsportsmanlike), once for striking a player in the groin, a spearing call, and hitting a defenseless receiver. And a partridge in a pear tree.

In his career, he’s been penalized 26 times. Twelve of those have been for unnecessary roughness, two for personal fouls, and one more for roughing the passer.

Despite that checkered history, and how egregious his actions were Sunday, he’ll suit up for the Bengals this weekend.

So to recap.

Team accounts posting GIFs of highlights? No way.

Letting someone clearly trying to injure every player on the field? Totally kosher.

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  • Dorian James

    Absolutely amazing.smdh

  • Steve

    After the two above foul plays Buerfict deserves to be suspended. There is no excuse for going after another mans health and lively hood. This is inexcusable play on his part and if Marvin Lewis makes excuses for Burfict, he should be fined also for poor sportsmanship.

  • dwsteelers

    I wonder who’s career he is going to end?????? I guess that’s what it will take!!!!

  • mem359

    Let’s give it another week.
    So far, there have only been the typical post-game blurbs on the web site.

    If the talk show hosts make more of a stink, and public opinion turns sour, I’m guessing that the front office will suddenly realize how bad Burfict’s actions actually were and decide that a suspension is in order.

  • PaeperCup

    Wow. But please AB, don’t twerk, it would be a bad image on the league.

  • Nolrog

    This guy is a total thug. He needs to be thrown out before he ends someone’s career.

  • Nolrog

    Let’s just hope it’s not Ben, Brown or Bell. Cause you know he is gunning for them.

  • JT Craig

    Loose Cannon….will probably be suspended before the next Steelers-Bengals game in December.

  • walter

    If he wasn’t in football, he would probably be in jail

  • 20Stoney

    The offensive players need to be gunning for him. Enough is enough.

  • RickM

    Give it time.

  • RickM

    Lewis is more than a poor sportsman. He’s an accomplice IMO for continually defending Burfict and sending him back on the field…fully knowing that one of his intents is to injure.

  • The Chin

    Just Heard Burfict was carted off in practice today with a knee

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Hey, Roger?

    @#$% you, you hypocritical, money-hungry sack of goat manure.

  • Orlysteel

    Trying to hurt people deliberately time after time is a crime, it has no place in sports or anywhere else, why Godell don’t suspend him again is incomprehensible, until he finally takes somebody out when it will be too little too late.

  • Jeff Anoble

    What pair of O-linemen will step up to end this guy’s career. If GODdell doesn’t handle it then the players on the field should.

  • LucasY59

    thats why I refer to him as confict

  • 6 ring circus

    Per a report on NFLdotcom, he was fined for the stomp and not the low dive at the knee. The league even screwed that up. Wasn’t the stomp supposed to be unverified, some how the cameras didn’t have a clear view, and the low dive at a players knee who was not involved in the play supposed to be the obvious offense? I wonder how much longer before Roger Godell’s tenure starts to unravel.

  • LucasY59

    I agree this fine is his last warning (or at least should be) next time its a suspension (hopefully for the remainder of the season) and since there are 8 games before the Steelers play the bungles there is plenty of time for him to do something stupid

    IF they let him back for the next season and he does something again it should be permanent ban (if Josh Gordon and Martavis can be held out for as long as they have been, a player like confict should be out even longer) its really giving him more chances than he deserves, but I dont like the idea of banning players (vontaze is the one exception because he has already proven he isnt going to change, and the threat/risk of him to other players is too high)

  • SwagDaddy330

    Bengals HC Marvin Lewis on Burfict: “I don’t think he did anything wrong. I don’t believe we were in the wrong here, in my opinion.”

    And that right there is the problem. The Bengals will always have these problems as long as they support these types of players.

  • LucasY59

    and quitter/blount is the player who got penalized in the game because of the stomping incident… the cheap shot on Bennett was worse IMO (the refs need to do a better job, they could literaly need a player to follow him around the entire game to do so tho)

    It is beyond my comprehension as to why badell still has his job, ray rice and deflategate shouldve been enough to get rid of him (and if they fired him, he would probably get a 100mil settlement…) he gets booed by fans all the time, but the owners still stick with him???

  • LucasY59

    exactly as long as lewis is the coach they will always have thug players, and since the Owner has stuck with marvin way longer than he deserves he is not going to be going anywhere soon

    after all of the playoff loses you would think they wouldve lost patience with the coach, especially after last yr where they had the game won and still lost because of idoit players out of control… any decent owner would not tolerate it (but brown is possibly in a level lower than kraft and irsay) lewis, burfict and jones wouldve never made it back in the building after that game (with most teams)

  • Rob S.

    This is an instance of the injury/situation (if he had done that to a Steelers player he would have been suspended because of the high attention out would receive), or lack thereof, determining the punishment. It is an absolutely asinine way to handle it. Guess what Roger, you coward, eventually he will seriously hurt someone (my money is on one of our players, again). This man meet with you this off-season, and said he got it, he would change, he hasn’t. If you want to talk about player safety, take unsafe players out of the game. But hey at least he didn’t damage the “integrity of the game” by deflating a few footballs.

  • steelersfan

    It’ll be a great day when Marvin Lewis is fired. May be coming soon if the Bengals continue this meltdown.

  • Bradys_Dad

    the guy is a cockroach

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    It’s all about the betting $$. They don’t want to mess with the Bungles ability to compete and end up with a game that bettors won’t touch.

  • The Chin

    I hope he stays there for years and years personally

  • RickM

    The level of the fine pretty much says ‘the next one is an even longer suspension’.

  • steelersfan

    I see ur point but as long as he’s defending players that have been taking out our best players I won’t be sad to see him leave

  • RickM

    Totally agree. Any coach that regularly defends repeated hits that endanger unsuspecting players shouldn’t be in the league.

  • RickM

    PFT reported that sources said the tape was inconclusive, but I assume the sources were wrong. And those on this site who felt the stomp would prove definitive were right. I couldn’t agree with you more about the Bennett play. Every football player knows the purpose of a hit like that. One more act like this from Burfict and it will likely be 6 or 8 games. I can’t see how they won’t at least double his first suspension. It took him all of 3 games to resume his dangerous hits.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Lewis officially placed himself into the idiot group by defending Burfict today. How do these two guys look at themselves in the mirror everyday.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Just like Burfict will never learn, Goodell won’t either until Burfict ends a player’s career and Goodell gets his ass sued.

  • Steeler-Drew

    The Rice fiasco should have been the end for Goodell. It was the perfect time for the owners to get a set of balls and end his tenure. It’s funny how the change of venue of the draft didn’t lessen the boos he received. A whole nation of football fans know how pathetic of a commissioner he is but yet the owners keep him employed.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    He’s made them more money than all previous commissioners combined. That’s why.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    God forbid if Burfict had come up twerking – Goodell would have banned him from football for life.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Is there a bigger hypocrite in the nation then Goodell and the NFL. They constantly promote player safety but allow this lower life form of an on field criminal continue his antics of attempting to injure players. Frankly since they never get it right who can be surprised at the slap on the wrist of a fine instead of a suspension. Their hypocrisy is an insult to the intelligence of millions of football fans nationwide.