Vontaze Burfict’s suspension for a hit deemed dangerous yet went uncalled in a preseason game was reduced yesterday to three games – but that’s still three games too much. It seems the NFL has decided to make an example of Burfict even though he had one personal foul penalty during the entire 2016 season!
The play in question this time around was Burfict’s hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, who was within five yards of the line of scrimmage; his QB glanced at Sherman before throwing the ball, Burfict then cleaned the FB up by putting his shoulder in the player’s chest. The NFL claimed it was a head shot, but it didn’t look that way to me.
By NFL rules, this hit may or may not be flagged as a penalty, depending on who you ask, but any other player that makes the same hit does not get the same penalty. You may say Vontaze Burfict has a history of cheap shots and you would be right. The question I ask is this: Last year, he played within the rules and this hit was borderline at best, so shouldn’t the fact that he only had one personal foul penalty all last year have help shape this punishment?
How about the fact that an official assigned to the area didn’t even throw a flag on the play? How long will Burfict’s actions of two or three years ago play into his suspensions? The NFL is a hypocritical B.S. league; multiple players do far worse and are left alone.
Vontzae Burfict is portrayed as a thug by the media, but how much trouble has he been off the field? Burfict plays like a Jack Lambert or a Lawrence Taylor and unfortunately that kind of play is frowned on in today’s NFL, but how can you ask a man to be careful playing a violent game?
I know you say that’s in the past and it may be, but Pacman Jones is continuously in trouble off the field and recently received a mere one-game suspension for violating league conduct rules.
In the end, the NFL has a vendetta for Vontaze Burfict and I am afraid they won’t be happy until they ban him from the league.
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