Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been fined by the NFL, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Source: #Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict was fined $112,000 for multiple plays that constituted unnecessary roughness in Week 6 game against Pittsburgh, including the plays involving the Steelers’ Antonio Brown (11:19 in 3rd quarter) and James Conner (5:17 in 3rd quarter).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2018
Multiple plays, folks! As in, more than one — in the same game. But when is enough enough? When will the league really do something about his actions? We have no idea, but here’s a look at his actions through the years. In short, they’re not great.
Time to start talking about a long-term ban for Vontaze Burfict. pic.twitter.com/qH7WuAo3TI
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) October 16, 2018
So many cheap shots. So many avoidable hits. But here we are, with Burfict still in the league. Since entering the league in 2012, he has been fined or suspended on multiple occasions. He simply does not learn his lesson. Why? Because the league does not care. Because the league does not force him to.
Burfict would miss the first four games of the 2018 season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. So then he came back only to pick up right where he left off. And that’s a problem. He seems to especially have a problem with the Steelers, though. On multiple occasions, he plays after the whistle against them. Or, he just decides to hit them in the head.
In the meantime, Burfict’s Bengals are 4-2 on the season and atop the AFC North. They take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night.