Throw this dirty motherf*cker out of the league already. Vontaze Burfict, a man known for his disgraceful and literally life-threatening hits on the football field, once again made infamous headlines when he went for a low blow on Martellus Bennet last Sunday. During a pass play, New England Patriot Tight End Martellus Bennet had his back turned to Vontaze Burfict while looking to catch a pass. Although the ball wasn’t even thrown to Bennet, Burfict laid a dirty hit on Bennet’s knee that could have easily ended his career.
The National Football League is currently investigating the hit and reviewing their options, although some close to the NFL don’t believe that there’s any chance he gets suspended and fined. Check out the hit below and tell me what you think.
I don’t think there’s any argument to support anything but a dirty hit here. First of all, Bennet is pretty much already engaged with Pacman Jones. Second, Bennet doesn’t even get the ball. Third, Bennet was standing still–there was plenty of opportunity to hit him in the upper body. Finally, just look at Burfict’s body of work and the bodies he’s left in his wake.
Update 10/18/2016: The NFL has ruled that they might fine Burfict for stomping on LeGarette Blount after he scored a touchdown, rather than the dirty hit on Bennet. That’s like the US Government getting Al Capone for tax evasion instead of for murdering hundreds of people. Just insane.
Burfict is most notorious for his hit on Antonio Brown last season, which actually wound up getting him suspended for three games of the season. Antonio Brown had to leave the game and wasn’t able to play in the Divisional Game because of a concussion, one of the reasons the Steelers lost to the Denver Broncos. You can see that hit below.
Earlier that year, while also playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Burfict hit Ben Roethlisberger with another low shot. Another completely diabolical attack on a professional’s health and wellness. For this hit, he was fined nearly $70K. You can see that hit below.
But you know what he wasn’t fined for? This low blow on Roethlisberger, who had already been tackled.
If you didn’t see it. Watch that tackle again. After knocking Big Ben to the ground, Vontaze clearly knees the crap out of Roethlisberger’s shoulder, trying to injure the QB. Again, we’re seeing a serious pattern of violence here. And we’re not even done with this guy’s infractions. Those are just three examples of aggression against ONE TEAM.
Just one week before the gruesome hit on Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict pulled an equally dirty and despicable move on Ravens Tight End rookie Maxx Williams. Unfortunately, most of the videos of the hit have been removed because of copyright violations, but you can still see the suspension-worthy fine in the video below.
Burfict clearly lowers his helmet into the chin strap of the Tight End away from the play.
We’re not done either. Before he started headhunting and knee-capping, Vontze Burfict had this obsession with trying to break the ankles of players by twisting them after the tackle. He did it twice during a game against the Carolina Panthers, once against Cam Newton (who had just had a surgically repaired ankle), and once against Greg Olsen who had scored a touchdown.
For those intentional attempts at trying to hurt multiple franchise-level players, Vontaze was only fined $25K.
It’s clear to everyone but the NFL that a player like Vontaze Burfict hasn’t learned his lesson from any of the times that he’s tried to intentionally hurt people. This is not a player who leaves it all on the field, this is a player who tries to leave disabled corpses on the field. Fines do not matter to a man who makes $6.3 million a year.
You don’t have to explain to me that football is a violent sport and that defensive players can’t go for the upper body anymore because these are things that everybody knows. I think it’s high time that the NFL starts weeding out players who clearly have issues with player safety, and suspended Vontaze Burfict for the rest of the season. And don’t tell me that I’m a bad person for playing with someone’s money. The fact of the matter is that a sh*thead like Vontaze is “playing with other people’s money” every time he headhunts, knee caps, or knocks out a rookie with the crown of his helmet. He’s been warned multiple times to quit his bullsh*t.
Kick him out of the league already.