Watch: Vontaze Burfict Kicks Roosevelt Nix In The Face

Vontaze Burfict, one of the league’s dirtiest players, is back under the microscope. We could reference a couple plays he made in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers but one that came early in the game sticks out. In the first quarter, at the end of a Le’Veon Bell three yard run, it appears Burfict kicked FB Roosevelt Nix in the face. Take a look in slow-motion.

Burfict appeared to take offense to Nix finishing his block at the end of the run. There was no flag on the play.

After the game, Le’Veon Bell said he believes Burfict kicked him. We don’t have the full quotes yet but Dave Bryan has tweets from Bell’s interview with the media.

Burfict has already been suspended once this year after an illegal preseason hit on Kansas City Chiefs’ fullback Anthony Sherman. And we know Burfict’s lengthy suspension and fine history. Another one could be in order, and probably deserves to be, after this week.

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  • Bryan

    He really needs to be suspended for the rest of the year at this point. When does it become clear to the NFL that he has clear intent to injure multiple times during multiple instances?

  • CommonSenseGoneWild

    The ref is right there and calls nothing. He should be suspended/fined along with Burfict.

  • John Pennington

    Well the next time steelers play the Bengals Nix will be able to put a nice hit on him to return the favor.Nix blow him out next game thats all.You will get your chance.

  • Steeler Nation

    Worst part is the Refs have been told to keep an eye on him…I know I know ..they didn’t say 2 eyes on him but in this case 1 eye was more than enough to throw that flag

  • Chad Sanborn

    Can the league suspend him from ever playing again? 3 Strikes and you’re out.

  • Chad Sanborn

    Thats the most infuriating part! Not even a flinch to grab that flag.

  • pcantidote

    Yeah but it was well into the game and the heat of the moment got to him. Oh wait, what’s that, 14 minutes left in the 1st? LOL. What a complete POS.

  • MDSteelerfan

    He must of had his lunch money stolen on a regular basis as a kid. Time to go – he’s too stupid to change.

  • Sam Clonch

    Marv Lewis thinks it’s a clean play, I’m sure.

  • JT

    So happy Mitchell played a clean game. Got so tried of the comparisons of him to this human dumpster fire by Bengals fans all week.

  • 6 ring circus

    Oh, Mike Mitch didn’t get tripped or pushed. 48 G’s. Burfict with the two hoof donkey thrust… nada…the “league” is full of contradiction.

  • GravityWon

    Put me in coach . I’ll show the kids how to handle this cat.

  • The Tony

    That happened early in the first. Nix had plenty of chances to blow him up

  • The Tony

    Marv Lewis thinks Nix ran his face into VBs feet

  • JNick

    The funny thing is that is exactly what the Steelers offense did to the Bengals defense.

  • StolenUpVotes

    He and his boy Hue have to be fired soon, right?

  • alevin16

    If he did that to any Patriot they would have cut his foot off

  • Tedium cha

    Nix won the day tho. By the end of it all, Burfict was physically worn down by Rosie. It’s nice to have a fullback who can do that to the opposition.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Even if I am a mindless Bungles fan I am asking what in the hell is wrong with this guy.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    then he would have to eat it….Im sure sh!% isnt tasty.

  • Frank Martin

    I agree, but if you look at the Bengals message board, they think he’s the greatest.

  • It might be understated, but heads up for Nix not retaliating!

  • Stairway7

    With the ref standing right there watching

  • Doug Andrews

    Bufiict gets put on his a## and kicks someone. Man why is this guy still playing in the league?

  • Reader783

    Marvin Lewis writes a nice character piece and letter of recommendation for him each time. I think he already mailed something to NYC before they boarded the bus tonight.

  • Reader783

    I was furious when it happened live. It was so blatant; and then Burfict threw his hands up as if to say “He started it!” because he knew he shoulda been caught red handed.

    Refs missed a couple suspect calls on Burfict, this was not the only play he added a little kick, shove or push at the end.

  • ND_Steel

    True, him or DeCastro, or Pouncey…a bit surprising they didn’t.

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  • Runner1967

    How the hell did the ref miss that? It was right in front of him.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Nor lost his mind, Rosie played his A game!

  • mokhkw

    That’s not what I call a kick. Annoying when he does this stuff and gets away with it but it’s no worse than him treading on feet and hands etc.

    No fine or suspension coming imo.

    Lots of over-reactions though…..

  • Bob A.

    I seen 55 grab nix’s head with 2 hands and throw him down during the play, then after the wistle he again hits nix in the head with a right , accidently, Not! Ref calls nothing. This was late in the game 3rd maybe 4th quarter. Im suprised no one else saw it.

  • Conserv_58

    It is patently absurd to think that there is any doubt as to Burfict’s intentions. That was, without question, an intentional kick to Nix’s face. We can expect to hear from the league office that Burfict will be fined and suspended for his inexcusable and reprehensible action.

  • Conserv_58

    Burfict consistently proves why he went undrafted. His being chosen as a team captain also proves why the bengals are the red headed step children of the AFC North. They’ve always had an inferiority complex when it comes to the Steelers. Always.

  • Conserv_58

    Nix already did that. Hence the immature reaction from Burfict.

  • Conserv_58

    They could, but will they do it is another question. There is also the player’s union to deal with.

  • Conserv_58

    👀 Nope. They’re doing a fine job. Ben’s record against them proves me right. They keep bringing in players with 💩 for brains and the Steelers keep beating them. Works for me.

  • Conserv_58

    Then again, real mindless Bungals fans never ask themselves that question. Instead they celebrate his repulsive behavior.

  • Conserv_58

    31 teams knew the answer to that question when they chose to not draft him. The Bengals didn’t draft him either, but they were the only team willing to sign him as a free agent.

  • Conserv_58

    According to Deon Sanders, Burfict grabbed Nix’s head as a jesture of respect.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    But won’t. It was done to Pittsburgh. That makes it ok. No flag. No mention from the announcers. No fine or some $5000 insult, but I doubt it!

    TWO horse collar slam downs on back-to-back plays, either very late first or sometime second half — one on LeVeon, the other on JuJu (That’s why JuJu’s in protocol this week. I’m surprised LeVeon’s not with him!). No flag. LONG SILENCE by the announcers on both! And I believe at least one of them was Burfict. The other I believe was the same punk Bell bitch-slapped later.