Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been punished by the National Football League after wrenching at Carolina Panthers players ankles during their tie at the weekend.
The 24-year old has been handed a fine to the tune of $25,000 dollars by the NFL's disciplinary panel for his down-right violent and disgraceful tactics in order to try and injure opponents.
Burfict went after both Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as well as tight end Greg Olsen in Sunday's game. The third year player twisted Newton's surgically repaired ankle after he ran in a touchdown and went after Olsen as well, both after the plays had been called dead.
Olsen was particularly enraged with Burfict after the game and took to social media vent his frustrations before urging the NFL to take action against the linebacker in the aftermath of the Week Six contest. The disciplinary committee have done just that and given Burfict a warning of suspension for his next transgression to go along with the fine.
Olsen won't be happy however despite the punishment, saying that Burfict's pre-meditated actions deserved a more severe reaction.
"I think the punishment needs to go beyond a fine," Olsen said. "Guys like that don't learn from that stuff. He's been fined a hundred times for head hunting, and he did it to Kelvin (Benjamin) again. You watch the film, that's just what he is."
As you may have already guessed from the warning of suspension and Olsen's comments, this isn't the first time that Burfict has found himself in trouble.
The 2013 Pro Bowler was fined by the NFL last year for hitting a defenseless receiver and for striking an opponent in the groin during the same game against the Green Bay Packers.
Such were Burfict's problems in college that he went from being one of the nation's best defensive players and a sure fire 1st round pick, to being benched by the Arizona State Wildcats and going completely undrafted in 2012.
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