Le’Veon Bell On Dirty Play Of Vontaze Burfict: ‘My Fullback Got Kicked In The Face’

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was his typical dirty self Sunday in his team’s road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the referees seemed to turn a blind eye to him.

After a run by Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, Burfict proceeded to kick Pittsburgh fullback Roosevelt Nix in his helmet as the linebacker was laying on the ground. It happened right in front of a referee yet no penalty was called.

After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that he didn’t see Burfict kick Nix. Bell, however, made sure to tell the media during his post-game press conference that Burfict was the guilty as charged.

“My fullback got kicked in the face,” Bell said

Bell was later asked if he had to talk to Nix after that happened.

“No, we got back in the huddle, we played football,” Bell said. “But obviously, Rosie was upset about it and I had to keep him calm on the sideline and that’s why Rosie was playing the way he was in between the whistles. Every time he had an opportunity to go ISO with 55 [Burfict], he did what he did. He had a great game and that’s why he’s the best fullback in the world.”

Burfict missed the first three games of the 2017 regular season due to a suspension he was issued following an illegal hit during the preseason. That suspension was initially five games but was shorted by two via an appeal by Burfict. The Bengals linebacker had already been suspended for previous dirty play as well.

It will now be interesting to see if the NFL looks at this latest kick by Burfict and issues him another fine and suspension.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Burfict kicked Rosie in the face. Slapped someone when he was already down and slapped nix in the back of the head. Nix flopped on that second thing, but three personal fouls not called.

  • Good on Nix for not retaliating. He would have been awarded with the unnecessary roughness 15 yarder.

  • pittsburghjoe

    At least VB is consistent.

  • Jaybird

    The Ref saw that kick to the face ! He ran over to stop it from escalating. So he totally saw it. Why no flag? Why no ejection? I don’t know what was more ridiculous – Burfict kicking Nix or the Ref choosing to ignore that he did it.

  • Rob S.

    So was Burfict pointing to say “hey look, I kicked him in the face” Or typical playing the victim “he pushed me so kicking him in the face was justified”

  • Tedium cha

    Nix ate his lunch all game. It was amazing to watch

  • SouthernSteel

    55 is just plane crazy…

  • dany

    “he did what he did. He had a great game and that’s why he’s the best fullback in the world.”

    maybe Bell wants more money just to give it to Nix? He certainly deserves it

  • Alex K

    Yeah WTF was that ref thinking? And it’s not like everyone in the stadium doesn’t know about Burficts history.

  • PaeperCup

    Why is Burfict pointing at Rosie as if he did something wrong?

  • mem359

    “He head-butted my moving foot!”

  • Darth Blount 47

    Fined, suspended, and drug-tested. The guy plays like he’s lost all his brain cells to powder.

  • Todd Johnson

    This jagoff is a class A turdbird

  • Brenton deed

    Surely the league will do something about this when they review films. The impact wasn’t great but it’s egregiously bad sportsmanlike behaviour and causes trouble.

  • Dan

    I honestly missed this while watching the game. Are we surprised though? It’s too bad, the guy would be known more for superstardom than dirty play if he could keep his head on straight. Probably cost the Bungles less yards and himself less money, too.

  • SteelerMike

    Burfict does not respond to punishment and needs to be permanently banned from league.

  • Mart

    Not trying to cause trouble, loved the Steelers win. I have reffed a little High School – so I am an expert! Ha. To me the ref is focused on getting the ball spotted correctly. He does not look up at the post play kick in the helmet. I have been screamed at for working to help a team after missing a call that was obvious to folks rooting for both teams. It was usually missed as I was focusing on another part of the job. Lot goes on in 10 seconds.

  • Runner1967

    Watch the Ref and Burct’s reaction once he see the Ref. I’m sorry if he missed that he is blind.

  • Steve

    Actually I don’t remember Berfects name being called for any tackles.

  • John Pennington

    Burflict should be kicked out of the league.

  • JimK-51

    I agree with you… I hope this put’s the icing on the cake for that cheap shot son of a bitch…
    How much longer will they let this crap go on???
    I think Burfict really screwed himself this time though, they got A hell of A good video on him kicking Nix in the face and neck area while he was just trying to get up… I know what the penalty is for hitting A defenseless receiver is, I wonder what it is for kicking A defenseless full-Back???
    I think he should be banned from the league too…

  • nutty32

    Steelers did a great job running away from 55 pretty much all day. Quietist game out of him I’ve seen to date. His tackle stats have to be well below his norm.

  • blue

    Nix brings the pain every play.

  • Brenton deed

    Yes I think he’s got a loose screw.

  • Brenton deed

    I’ve been looking at that… do you think Rosie was trying to untangle LVs legs from Burfict’s so that he couldn’t try anything like “accidentally” step on his ankles as he got up?

  • Milton Farfara

    You can take the punk out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the punk. Is anybody really suprised Burfict wasn’t going to do something dirty during the game? Seriously he was probably slapped in head and dropped more than once when born so I guess he can always use that as excuse for being a tool.

  • QBall

    TBH, it looked more like a push than an actual kick.

  • Steelerman24752

    I saw the slap to Nix also. Burfict knew he was there and took a cheap shot. He should be done for the season.

  • colingrant

    Not sure if Anger Management therapy has been a requirement for reinstatement of his previous suspensions, but if not, successful completion of therapy sessions should immediately accompany future disciplines if NFL Players Union compliant, along with some psychiatric testing to see what parts are loose or not even present. Seriously.

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  • Jaybird

    I politely disagree . The ref reacted the second burfict kicked Nix. Why else would the ref run over to get in between the players? He was stationary , Burfict kicked, then the ref ran over. Watch it again

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    What is this guy’s problem? Good on Nix for not retaliating, and just blowing Burficit up in the hole all day

  • Mark

    Burfict is your stereotypical sociopath. He will be in jail someday, or have a Ray Lewis scenario.