It only took him 43 seconds during Sunday’s game for the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict to play dirty against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bengals linebacker can be seen kicking the Roosevelt Nix, fullback, with both of his feet to Nix’s face after the second play of the game.
After the game, Nix said that he felt the kick, “The ref said he didn’t see it. So, just keep on playing,” Nix said.
The line judge was right there, but he didn’t call a penally for unsportsmanlike, a violation that is fineable and with “severity to be determined by degree of violation.”
According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, this isn’t his first time with questionable plays that resulted in fines or suspension. Burfict has already served two suspensions for “late or illegal hit.” His suspensions have been for three-games intervals and has incurred more than $800,000 in fines
Later in the third, Burfict smacked Nix as he jogged past him after a play… after the game, the Steelers Running back Le’Veon called outBurfict:
“I just don’t like when guys kind of do dirty plays. It’s okay to play tough and try to hit guys hard during the course of the play—that’s fine. But I don’t like the unnecessary roughness, and things that happen after the play, like my fullback got kicked in the face. That’s just not football to me; I don’t think that’s a respectable play.”
Later on, Le’Veon Bell tweeted out, “man dude gotta go man… that’s not football AT ALL!!” and he attached the video showing Burfict kicking Nix in the face.
Le’Veon Bell also tweeted out again saying, “it’s unbelievable the league is just condoning this activity… but if Rosie reacts, Rosie would be the one that would get in trouble.”