Vontaze Burfict Fined $12,154 For Kicking FB Roosevelt Nix In Head

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been fined once again for dirty play.

In his team’s last Sunday road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Burfict kicked fullback Roosevelt Nix in the head while he was laying on the ground and while that indiscretion happened right in front of a referee, the linebacker wasn’t flagged for it. On Friday, however, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Burfict has since been fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct for kicking Nix.

After Sunday’s game was over, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell blasted Burfict for his kick of Nix during his post game press conference in addition to on Twitter.

“Dude gotta go, man,” Bell posted on Twitter. “That’s not football at all.” Bell later added, “It’s unbelievable the league is just condoning this activity, But if Rosie reacts, Rosie would be the one that would get into trouble.”

Burfict missed the first three games of the 2017 regular suspension due to an illegal hit during the preseason and its obvious that he still hasn’t learned his lesson. With that said, thers been no reports this week that Burfict will miss any time for kicking Nix this past Sunday.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also said this past week that he wasn’t surprised by Burfict’s dirty play on Sunday.

“I can’t say I’m surprised or shocked by it,” Roethlisberger said.

This marks the 10th time in his career Burfict has been disciplined by the league, by fine or suspension, totaling about $2.65 million, according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinatti Enquirer and below is a list of his fines and suspensions per that media outlet:

Week 3, 2013: $10K — striking Packers’ Ryan Taylor in the groin
Week 3, 2013: $21K — hit on defenseless player, Packers’ James Jones
Week 8, 2013: $21K — spearing New York Jets’ WR Stephen Hill
Week 6, 2014: $25K — ankle twisting Cam Newton and Greg Olsen
Week 13, 2015: $69.4K — three separate unsportsmanlike incidents vs. Steelers
Week 17, 2015: $50K — hit to defenseless tight end Maxx Williams away from play
Wildcard Playoffs, 2016: $534K — three-game suspension — multiple violations of player-safety rules including hit on Antonio Brown.
Week 6, 2016: $75K – stomping on leg of LeGarrette Blount.
Preseason Week 2, 2017: $1.84 million – three-game suspension – multiple violations of player-safety rules including hit on Anthony Sherman.
Week 7, 2017: $12.1K – unsportsmanlike conduct for kicking at Roosevelt Nix.

  • Joey

    I thought repeat offenders get horrible sentences.

  • PaeperCup

    Repeat offender!

    C’mon NFL you can do better than that.

    This was 100% undeniably malicious

  • Nolrog

    Thug. And he had the nerve to talk about one of our hits.

  • Cwallace

    Yeah…if you smoke weed

  • Paul Rainey

    Instead of suspension his coach will defend him. I have lost ALL respect for Marvin Lewis. Never had any for the Bengals. The slimiest organization in the slimy NFL.

  • Conserv_58

    Really NFL? $12,154.00? This fine was an insult to the intelligence of the football viewing world, especially seeing it was levied against one of the leagues biggest malcontents whom just so happens to be a repeat offender. Marvin Lewis should also have been fined for his ridiculously inane comment on the matter.

    Does anyone know how the league managed to come up with the sum of $12,154.00? Do they have an established rating system for fines or do they come up with an arbitrary number? Deebo got fined twice that amount for playing the game as it should be played.

  • NCSteel

    They need to start taking draft picks away from Cincinnati.
    Then let the self policing begin.

  • NCSteel

    Seriously, the league is supposedly worried about head injuries.
    Then this guy kicks a player in the head and gets fined, what amounts to, at his salary, a bag of groceries to you and I.

  • Conserv_58

    The NFL instituted a rule a few short years ago that penalizes teams by fining them when one of their players runs afoul of the league’s conduct policy. If the league is actually enforcing that rule the Bengals may have to start cutting back on staff of every level.

  • Conserv_58

    He should have been ejected, immediately.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    REALLY! should’ve been way more with suspension that’s the exact same amount bell got fined for celebrating a td I guess goalposts are people too smh Mitchell is no where near this A-hole mostly everything burflict do is with malicious intent

  • Mike C.

    Google “how does the league calculate fines” and the first article lists the fine structure for the NFL.

  • rystorm06

    12.1k for a repeat offender? come on man!

  • NW86

    Understood, and yes, $12,154 is the amount for unsportsmanlike conduct – first offense. For a second offense it is $24,309. This is far from his first offense! The only thing I can think is if they reset the offense counter every year, and they only count it as a second offense if it’s the same offense on the schedule. I.e. the player safety hits from this year don’t count as an unsportsmanlike offense.

    Prettty dumb if you ask me. Mitchell has had far fewer offenses and got fined way more than that last week.

  • Mike C.

    I noticed that under Player Safety Rules/ Striking/Kicking/Kneeing, the penalty is $9,115 minimum for first offense. He has done a lot of stupid things but I’m not sure he has actually kicked a player before.

  • Darth Blount 47

    In this new era of head and neck protection, I for one am glad to know what the ramifications are for kicking people in the head. The precedent has been set. 12,154 dollars. No suspension, no matter how many times you’ve been fined/suspended before. You don’t get thrown out of the game by the refs. And as a “first offense,” you don’t have to worry, I guess, as long as you don’t go on a head-kicking spree, within the same game. Good to know, Emperor. I wouldn’t at all be upset then if as a calculated maneuver, one of our players decided that kicking someone in the head in a particular instance, was well worth the 12k. Then again, I don’t think I have to even worry/wonder, since we AREN’T THE BUNGLES.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Burfict probably eats his Fruity Pebbles in the mornings with malicious intent.

  • Darth Blount 47

    BOOM!! .. Went the dynamite.

  • Ken Krampert

    So much for progressive discipline…. This was his lowest fine since his first one. Why?

  • Matt Manzo

    Wow! That’s ridiculous! If they were serious about dirty play, they would’ve either fined him more or a suspension.
    I’d love to know what he was saying to the ref when he’s pointing at Nix! I bet it’s super cry babyish!

  • Rocksolid20

    % of his pay check .

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    NC Steel with the comment of the day. A $12,000 fine does nothing. You start taking away draft picks and organization will start benching him. THEN (and only then) is when his behavior will start changing.

  • Gloria Burke

    And it wasn’t the ONLY incident. Later on in the quarter, he runs up behind Nix and throws him to the ground no call. Nix jumps up and implores the ref to pay attention. Later on he has another incident (can’t remember what it was because by now, I’m just SMH at his behavior.)

  • Rob S.

    It’s a classic case of punishing the action based on the end result not the action itself. If Nix’s head is a little further away and there is a more forceful impact (instead of what amounted to a push) we’d be seeing a fine of 50 to $100,000 or more. If he knocked Nix out or gave him a concussion, that’s when you see a suspension. You know, when it takes no guts at all.

  • Bobby Goulet

    This is NFL at it worse. It’s almost like welllllll we seen him do much worse so we won’t fine him that bad. But if it was a different player they would be subject to a harsher fine

  • PA2AK_

    It’s even worse if you spar with a goal post pad your first time…

  • Applebite

    So…its official. Burfict is getting a discount rate for his transgressions.

    Funny how Mitchell got hammered for his hits the week before, and compared to this, the league should drop at least one of the fines altogether, and make Mike send a contemporary gift or a basket instead.

  • Eduardo Suave

    I would like to see what happens if the NFL fined Marvin Lewis double (Burfict’s amount) for every time Burfict gets fined …

  • greeny

    This league has become a joke. Joe Mixon goes Ray Rice on a women and can play without consequence but if you protest social injustice you are called a prisoner and if you punch a goal post you will get fined more than kicking someone in the head. Un f…..real.

  • Orlysteel

    Purfict, don’t touch that dial there’s a whole lot more of that coming, hope we don’t see someone wheeled out on a stretcher.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    mixon, ray rice and burfict are not comparable. come on

  • aWaL

    Juju said he wants to be the next Hines Ward so we’ll see. Let’s start a GoFundMe and pay juju’s fine if he blast vontaze the next time around…we can get him a better bike to

  • 2winz

    I think you are giving Burfict too much credit there

  • Charles Haines

    Dude got fined 10K 4 years ago for punching someone in the junk and 9 violations later only has to pay 12K for kicking a player in the face? If the object of fines is to curb behavior something has to change. Fines need to be entire game checks in addition to suspension and loss of pension, and the head coach should suffer the same.

  • MintDragon

    meh. he’s a dirty player. his brain filter felt an appropriate reaction to being pushed off the pile was a kick to the face. steeler players know to get down and pull their knees to chest, run to the tackle and pull teammates out/off, knock him on his ass on every play. i think we figured him out.

    he’s fined. time to move on.

  • Steve

    Couldn’t happen to a Nicer person. Berfect deserves fined quite often. Don’t remember him making many tackles.

  • Steve

    He stomped on Blounts leg pretty good last year.

  • Conserv_58

    The part about the amount that gets me is the $154.00. How did they come to the conclusion that they may as well tack on that amount? What’s the point? Why not just round out the number?

    The NFL’s system of justice is a complete farce.

  • Conserv_58

    If you smoke the cheeb you will most assuredly get drug tested at some point and eventually pay the price. Heck, Deebo gets drug tested more than any other player in the league just for working out.

  • Conserv_58

    This … person… is a Bengals team captain. Apparently the bar for becoming a team captain on that team is equal to that of gaining admission into a maximum security prison.

  • Mike C.

    That’s true. Perhaps NW86 is on to something regarding resetting the offense count each season.

  • Darth Blount 47

    That’s funny. In your opinion, what percentage of NFL players smoke pot within a calendar year?

  • Morten Jacob Houring

    To be fair Mitchell’s hit was also way worse…

  • Morten Jacob Houring

    The one that still irks me the most is that he got away with 25K and NO suspension for twisting the ankles of two players. It might not have been the most violent actions, but I’ve never seen a more blatant attempt at injuring another player than what he did against the Panthers. As unnecessary and unsportsmanlike as it gets.

  • NCSteel

    It just makes good sense.
    You will stop seeing the ridiculous comments from Marvin Lewis and start seeing a changed man in Burfict or…a former NFL’er.
    (Hey maybe espn is looking for an analyst ?)